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Russell Wilson blocked major trade to NFC East!

What a different look this would have been!

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After several years with the Seattle Seahawks that included a Super Bowl championship as well as a return to the Super Bowl the following season, quarterback Russell Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos with whom he would soon ink a massive contract extension. 

However, his first year in the Rocky Mountains was anything but ideal. Not only was he sacked 55 times, but he also posted career low numbers across the board.

But according to an explosive new report, it nearly never happened - because he was on the verge of being traded to the NFC East. Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated explained that Wilson nixed a deal to the Philadelphia Eagles before he was eventually dealt to the Broncos. 

“I think what I would say is that the Eagles really wanted him – I think they liked his style of play, and I think that makes sense, right, because he’s similar to Jalen Hurts, especially when he was in his prime and a little bit faster than now,” Bishop said. “My understanding is that at that point in time, Russ wanted to stay here [in Seattle].”

Meanwhile, quarterback coach Jake Heaps explained back in 2022 of how the Broncos trade would go down.

“The reason why this [deal] happened so quickly and progressed quickly is because, one, Denver was working on this behind the scenes for a while now,” Heaps said back then. “The other reason is because the Seahawks were limited, guys. There’s not real leverage if there’s only a certain amount of teams that Russell Wilson’s actually interested in or be willing to waive his no-trade clause for.

“He turned down the Washington [Commanders] offer. He turned down an offer from Philly during the Combine. And the Denver situation was the clear-cut, number one choice for him going into all these other teams.”

Can you imagine Wilson wearing the colors of the Eagles?