A former Super Bowl champion, Wilson brings experience and a winning breed to Denver.
However, most people saw the Broncos going after Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers instead.
The reason people think this was due to the 2021 trade rumors about Denver being a landing spot for Rodgers.
Rumors went around about Rodgers wanting out of Green Bay and Denver wanting to acquire him.
Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is so disgruntled with the Green Bay Packers that he has told some within the organization that he does not want to return to the team, league and team sources told ESPN on Thursday.
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— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2021
When the 2021 NFL Draft began, Denver passed on getting a quarterback, further fueling the rumors of a Rodgers trade to Denver.
About 3 hours ago it seemed like a done deal that Aaron Rodgers was coming to Denver….then we passed on the 2nd best QB in the Draft….didn't trade back….and drafted ANOTHER cornerback. I'm depressed ☹️
— Max Wiepking (@maxwellwiepking) April 30, 2021
But that was never the case at all between Denver and Rodgers.
Rodgers would stay in Green Bay, and Denver is all the better for that choice.
Denver Doesn’t Need The Rodgers Rate
The Broncos did their discount double-check when they opted to trade for Wilson.
He has a $24 million cap for the 2022 season, ranking tenth in the highest-paid quarterbacks in NFL.
In contrast, Rodgers was one of the highest-paid quarterbacks with his contract restructure for 2022.
At the end of the day, all this drama by Aaron Rodgers was all about the money 💵. It is what it is!
— Average Joe Sports Talk Podcast (@joes_talk) March 15, 2022
The Broncos also gave up a lot of draft capital to acquire Wilson.
The trade cost the team two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and a fifth-round pick.
With a Rodgers trade, it’s safe to say the Packers would have asked for even more for him.
The Broncos’ cap savings with Wilson makes the deal a better one for a quarterback with a proven record of being a winner.
Wilson Has A History Of Doing Great Things With Lesser-Known Receivers
Wilson didn’t always have the luxury of having big-name receivers when he was in Seattle.
He still found ways to make the plays needed with what he had at his disposal.
Rodgers, however, had the luxury throughout his career with talented big-name receivers.
Those top-tier receivers have made Rodgers look better than what he is in the NFL.
Rodgers also struggles with top-tier defenses.
If one thing is obvious this year it’s that Rodgers struggles against Top 10 defenses. #GBvsLAC
— James Donohue (@Cool_Hip_Jim) November 3, 2019
Wilson is used to overcoming top-tier defenses when he was in Seattle.
These are the things that make Russell a better fit in Denver, who currently don’t have any elite receivers on the roster.
Wilson Doesn’t Bring Drama To The Team As Rodgers Has With Green Bay
Wilson is an elite quarterback who is also a professional.
When things between himself and the Seahawks began to sour, he never started drama over it.
Never have you heard stories about Wilson trashing the coaching staff or management.
Rodgers isn’t like Wilson in these matters.
Stories about Rodgers and his feelings about the Packers management and staff have been news stories over the years.
He even aired his bitterness with management in a press conference last year.
This entire press conference… Rodgers taking out the dirty laundry, while wearing a Packers cap and insisting "it is not about money" and " no commitment beyond 2021"… It just feels weird watch https://t.co/rvdqYxbjdU
— Dagan Shimoni (@shimoni338) July 28, 2021
Drama distracts teams and players, something the Broncos don’t need there in Denver.
Wilson’s Character Will Up Lift The Broncos
His positive attitude will help uplift the Broncos’ offensive players.
He can inspire players and push them to be their best.
A positive attitude in the NFL from a star player can be worth more than people ever think about.