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Russell Wilson was almost traded to the Eagles

Football: Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (3) calling signals during game vs Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia, PA 11/30/2020 CREDIT: Erick W. Rasco

For Russell Wilson, it could have been “Fly Eagles Fly,” instead of “Broncos Country, Let’s Ride.”

According to Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated, the Eagles made an offer to the Seahawks for Wilson last offseason. However, Wilson had a no-trade clause and vetoed the trade because he wanted to go to Denver.

Fast forward a year, and it’s looking like the Eagles are happy with Wilson’s decision. Wilson and the Broncos struggled in year one. Wilson had the worst season of his career and Denver finished with a 5-12 record.

Meanwhile, the Eagles went from a wild card team to runner-ups in the Super Bowl during that span. Now, they have their quarterback of the future in Jalen Hurts and are prone to be in contention for years to come.

The Washington Commanders also wanted Wilson, but he also denied that trade. Wilson really wanted to be a Bronco, and at the time, it looked like an excellent trade for Wilson and the organization.

Since Peyton Manning retired, the Broncos have struggled to find that next great quarterback to take them back to the Super Bowl. They’ve had decent players but never had the right quarterback to even get them back to the playoffs.

If that trade had gone through, the whole 2022 season could have looked a lot different. Hurts would most likely be a Seahawk and some could argue if he would’ve even been the starter in Seattle. Geno Smith won the starting job last season and had a pro bowl year which earned him a contract extension.

At the end of the day, it’s all speculation. The Eagles are happy with where they’re at and the Broncos look to prove that last season was just growing pains and that they’re ready to compete in the AFC.

It’s wild to believe that if he wanted to, Russell Wilson could’ve been the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.