The deal was announced on Wednesday and now the Broncos have finally landed a worthy successor to Peyton Manning.
“I want to win three to four more Super Bowls. That’s the plan, that’s the goal, that’s the mission, that’s the vision. So, let’s do it. Why not?” Wilson said on Wednesday.
Wilson, one of the greatest in Seahawks history, was a nine-time Pro-Bowler in 10 seasons as the side’s quarterback. The 33-year-old said that he picked Manning’s brain about making a mid-career transition, about schools in Denver, and about the organization.
He added that he aims to play 10 to 12 more seasons and finish his career in Denver. However, Wilson maintained that his seperation from the Seahawks was mutual.
“Yeah, I didn’t initiate it. It was definitely mutual,” Wilson retorted.
The statement came after Seahawks chair Jody Allen said that it was Russell who made it clear he wanted this change.”
General Manager John Schneider said that ‘it became evident that Russell was interested in playing elsewhere’.
Wilson also insisted he harbors no ill will toward his former team.
“Hard feelings? No. I had 10 incredible years” there, Wilson said. “… And what I do know is that some of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, from Manning to Tom Brady, Drew Brees, have gone from one place to another, guys I’ve always known and admired. So, in this moment, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to continue to grow and learn.”
Wilson said he believes he’s not even halfway through his NFL career because of his work ethic and focus on health and nutrition. He didn’t miss a game until last year, when a fractured right middle finger sidelined him for a month after he’d started his first 165 games, including 16 in the playoffs.
Wilson becomes the first QB to join the team he beat in the Super Bowl, having vanquished the Broncos 43-8 after the 2013 season. Now he wants to follow Manning and Brady in winning a Super Bowl with his second team.
“Their best years are 30- to 40-plus range,” Wilson said. “You see Tom coming back, Drew as long as he played, you know. So, to me, I ain’t even got started yet.”