Englewood, Colorado. The Seattle Seahawks’ decision in March to exchange Russell Wilson for the Denver Broncos came after more than a year of speculation about exactly where the relationship between the two sides had gone 10 years into Wilson’s tenure with the franchise.
The veteran midfielder confirmed on Thursday that it is not the first time his name has appeared in potential business talks.
ESPN reported Earlier this week That the Seahawks tried to trade Wilson for Cleveland for the #1 overall pick in 2018 – Brown eventually drafted quarterback Baker Mayfield – and while Wilson didn’t provide that level of detail, he made clear that the report didn’t surprise him.
“I definitely think they tried a few times to see what was there,” Wilson said. “It’s part working, part being professional, and everything else.”
Quarterback Alan Broncos, whose first game for his new team was on Monday night in Seattle, hit back against allegations that he and his campers were upset by previous Seattle attempts to trade him.
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“Anger is probably the wrong word,” he said. “I believe in my talent and who I am. I think I am one of the best players in the world. I don’t worry about anything other than that.”
Lumen Field in Seattle is, of course, famous for being one of the highest pitches in football, and it will be shipping Monday nights special. Players on both sides said this week that they believe Wilson deserves a warm reception from Seahawks fans.
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“At the end of the day, you have to be able to separate the guy from the player, and you have to understand that everyone is trying to do what’s best for them and all you can do is hope they win and encourage them to win,” said Tyler Lockett, a wide receiver. Wide in Seattle, to reporters there. “That’s how I really feel about it. I think Seattle should encourage him for everything he’s done – help bring the Super Bowl into this community, all that different kind of thing. He’s an amazing guy.”
Justin Simmons, a Denver safety, echoed that sentiment Thursday.
“Anytime someone has had as much of their career as anywhere else, but specifically Ross in Seattle, he was in the Super Bowls, and he won the Super Bowl there, I imagine it would be a welcoming environment,” Simmons said. “That may not be the case, whatever the case may be, but my opinion is that I hope it’s welcome, but you never know.”
Wilson said his decade in Seattle was “one of a kind” and that the city “will always mean the world to me.”
“I couldn’t imagine not having those years in my life, how special they were, how many games we won, how many great games we won, the Super Bowl, everything else,” he said. “I will think of all those memories and everything else and the fun of that and the gratitude for that. Also, we have a game of football to play.
“I am just excited to get out and play again. I love this game, I am excited about it. I have a lot of my teammates and great guys that I am very close to on the other side. It will be a great fight.”