Renton, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks traded QB Russell Wilson and a 2022 fourth-round draft pick to the Denver Broncos for a 2022 first-round pick, a 2022 second-round pick, a 2022 fifth-round pick, a 2023 first-round pick, a 2023 second-round pick, TE Noah Fant, DE Shelby Harris and QB Drew Lock, the team announced this afternoon.
Wilson was Seattle's third-round draft choice (75th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft and became the most successful quarterback in franchise history. He set at least 26 franchise passing and rushing yards by a quarterback records in his 10 seasons as Seattle's starting quarterback, became the winningest quarterback in NFL history with 113 victories (including postseason) in a player's first 10 seasons and his string of 149 consecutive starts by a quarterback ranks sixth in NFL history.
"While Russell made it clear he wanted this change, he made Seattle proud and we are grateful for his decade of leadership on and off the field," said Jody Allen, chair of the Seattle Seahawks. "We look forward to welcoming our new players and to everyone being fully engaged while working our hardest to win every single day. I trust our leadership to take us into the future, and know we all wish Russell the very best."
A nine-time Pro Bowler and one-time AP All-Pro (second-team in 2019), Wilson led Seattle to back-to-back Super Bowls in 2013 and 2014, bringing Seattle its first Super Bowl title following a 43-8 defeat of Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII. Seattle reached the postseason in eight of Wilson's 10 seasons, posting a winning record each season prior to last season's 7-10 finish, in which he missed the first games of his career.
"This has always been a challenging time of year where we have consistently maintained a competitive approach to getting better as a team," said Head Coach Pete Carroll. "As Jody stated, Russ' desire in doing something different afforded the organization an opportunity to compete in multiple ways. He has always been the ultimate competitor whose leadership and consistency helped shape our culture. Our franchise has won a lot of games and we will always be grateful for the exciting moments and incredible records."
"Russell has been a tremendous player, leader, and member of our organization since the day we drafted him in the third round in 2012," said Executive Vice President/General Manager John Schneider. "His tireless work ethic has helped make him one of the most successful QBs in NFL history and we thank him for his many contributions on the field and in the community.
"When it became evident that Russell was interested in playing elsewhere, we used that opportunity to explore the market, allowing us to acquire three quality players, tremendous draft capital, and create salary cap flexibility. We have a clear vision about the direction of this team, and this is an exciting time for our organization."
Off the field, Wilson's community endeavors earned him the prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2020, making him only the second player in team history (Steve Largent) to win NFL Man of the Year honors. He also won the Bart Starr Award in 2021 and was a three-time recipient of the team's Steve Largent Award.
His Seattle career highlights include most career and single-season passing touchdowns (292, 40), passing yards (37,059, 4,219), completions (3,079, 384), 300-yard games (21, 5), highest passer rating (101.8, 110.9) and highest completion percentage (65.0, 68.8). His nine Pro-Bowl selections are tied for the most in team history with Hall of Fame left tackle Walter Jones, and his 11 NFC Player of the Week awards are the most in team history.
Fant was the 20th overall selection by Denver in the 2019 NFL Draft and has started 41 of 47 games played. His career totals include 170 receptions for 1,905 yards with 10 touchdowns and he set career-highs in receptions (68) and touchdowns (4) last season. He earned PFWA All-Rookie honors after he set Broncos rookie tight end records for receptions (40) and yards (562) in 2019.
Harris originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft choice (235th overall) by the Oakland Raiders in the 2014 NFL Draft. Following two seasons with the Raiders (2014-15), he spent part of the 2016 season on the Cowboys practice squad before landing in Denver where he spent the past five seasons (2017-21). He has played 83 games with 49 starts and recorded 217 tackles (127 solo), 22.5 sacks, one interception, 25 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and four blocked kicks during his career. His 25 passes defensed since 2017 are tied for the fourth-most among defensive lineman in the NFL.
The Broncos drafted Lock in the second-round (42nd overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft. He started 21 of 24 games played for Denver, completing 421 of 710 passes (59.3%) for 4,740 yards with 25 touchdowns and 20 interceptions (79.3 rating) to go along with 285 rushing yards on 72 attempts (4.0 avg.) with five rushing scores during his career.
Check out photos of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson from throughout his ten seasons in Seattle.