Russell Wilson walked out of the CenturyLink Field tunnel on Monday only to be booed by thousands of Seattle Seahawks fans. The Denver Broncos quarterback returned to the stadium for the first time in visiting team kits.
The Seattle Seahawks led the Denver Broncos 17-10 in the second quarter.
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Wilson served the Seattle Seahawks for 10 years. He was drafted by the team in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. After winning two Super Bowls and an NFC Championship for the side, he was traded to the Denver Broncos during offseason this year.
Denver acquired Wilson and a fourth-round pick this offseason in exchange for tight end Noah Fant, quarterback Drew Lock, defensive end Shelby Harris, 2022 and 2023 first-round picks, 2022 and 2023 second-round picks and a 2022 fifth-round pick.
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But what led to the breakup between Wilson and the Seahawks?
As per ESPN sources, Seattle Seahawks wanted to pick Patrick Mahomes, who joined Kansas, in 2017 to be trained under Wilson. They wanted a successor for the 33-year-old.
The QB led the entire NFL in passing touchdowns (34). The team, however, did not stop. They reportedly reached out to Josh Allen too.
“They were f—ing pissed,” an anonymous Seahawks’ front office source told ESPN, referring to the Wilson camp’s reaction.
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That year offseason, Wilson’s agent got word that the Seahawks attempted to trade the QB to the Browns for the 2018 No. 1 overall pick. Cleveland turned down the deal.
Wilson landed a no-trade clause in his record-breaking four-year, $140 million deal during the 2019 offseason. He led the Seahawks to the playoffs in 2019 and 2020.
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After missing the playoffs in 2021, Russell Wilson was vocal about his discontent with the team.
He finally left the team next year.
Wilson is currently under contract with the Broncos through the 2028 season, according to ESPN.