England, Colo. – The Seattle Seahawks’ decision to trade Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos in March came after more than a year of speculation about where exactly the 10-year relationship between the sides was during Wilson’s tenure with the franchise.
The veteran quarterback confirmed Thursday that his name was not the first time his name had cropped up in potential trade talks.
ESPN reported earlier this week that the Seahawks tried to trade Wilson to Cleveland for the No. 1 overall pick in 2018—the Browns eventually drafted quarterback Baker Mayfield—and though Wilson didn’t provide that level of detail. He made it clear that the report did not surprise him.
“I definitely think he tried a couple of times to see what was in there,” Wilson said. “It’s part of the business and part of being a professional and everything else.”
The now-Broncos quarterback, whose first game with his new team is Monday night in Seattle, pushed back against claims that he and his camp were upset over Seattle’s previous attempts to trade.
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“Disturbed is probably the wrong word,” he said. “I believe in my talent and who I am. I believe that I am one of the best in the world. I don’t worry about anything else.”
Lumen Field in Seattle is, of course, notorious for being one of football’s tallest venues, and it will be charged exclusively on Monday nights. Players from both sides said this week they felt Wilson deserved a warm welcome from Seahawks fans.
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“At the end of the day, you have to be able to differentiate man from player, and you have to understand that everyone is trying to do what’s best for them and you can only hope that they win and they win. Cheer for,” Seattle wide receiver Tyler Lockett told reporters there. “So that’s really how I feel about it. I think Seattle should cheer her up for everything she’s done — help bring a Super Bowl to this community, all that different kind of thing.” things. He’s a wonderful guy.”
Denver security Justin Simmons echoed that sentiment on Thursday.
Simmons said, “Anytime anyone has spent anywhere near as long as their career, but especially for Russell, the Super Bowls in Seattle, won a Super Bowl there, I think it would be a welcoming environment.” ” “That may not be the case, whatever the case, but I’m of the opinion that I hope it will be welcome for them, 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 can’t imagine the years that weren’t in my life, how special they were and how many games we won and how many amazing thrillers and Super Bowls we won and everything else,” he said. “I’m going to think about all those memories and everything else and the joy and gratitude of that. And also, we have a football game to play.
“I’m excited to get out there and play again. I love the sport, I’m passionate about it. I have so many great partners and great people with whom I am very close to the other side. It There will be a big fight.”