Englewood, Colorado. – With his return to Seattle for his first regular season game with the Denver Broncos just days away, quarterback Russell Wilson He confirmed Thursday that the Seahawks had already tried to trade him before – in 2018 – and said he didn’t think his skills had waned as he entered his eleventh season.
The Broncos’ blockbuster acquisition of Wilson in March — for five draft picks, including two first-round picks and two second-round picks, plus three players — was one of the biggest moves that changed the league in the Offseason.
But Wilson emphasized Thursday, just before he took over the coaching field, that it wasn’t the first time the Seahawks had tried to trade his time with a team that featured nine Pro Bowl picks, a Super Bowl start and one Super Bowl win. In an ESPN story published this week about the Wilson Seahawks’ football divorce, Seattle’s attempt to trade off Wilson ahead of the 2018 draft is detailed.
“They certainly did, many times, try to figure out what was out there,” Wilson said. “It’s part of the job, being a professional and everything else… I believe in my talents, who I am, I feel like I’m one of the best in the world.”
Wilson, 33, also defied criticism, some anonymous, that his skills had waned. He hasn’t played a moment in the Broncos’ three pre-season games, so Monday night at Lumen Field will be the first time Wilson has seen Denver’s attack in a game.
“I don’t worry about all these things,” Wilson said, “people can have opinions and ideas, and everyone has a right to think what they want to think.” “I know how the whole thing went, how it happened, just the whole situation.
“I think you have to prove it every year [you’re one of the best] …You want your career to be a reflection of being among the best in the world, so I think the first 10 years were a positive reflection, but there’s so much to do, so much to do. ”
Wilson was asked what kind of reception he thought he would get from Seahawks fans on the field and said he doesn’t play this game with a chip on his shoulder.
Wilson said, “Seattle means the world forever to me. I loved it there, like I said, I played 10 years there, it was a great experience, loved every second of it.”
He told Seattle-area media on Thursday that he was expecting a “raw” crowd at Lumen Field on Monday night.
“I know they’re going to be rowdy. I know they’re going to be excited. It’s Monday night football so it’s going to be a special environment. Listen, I think I’ve given my heart and soul every single day. I know nothing less. I wish it would be positive, but at the same time, at the end of the day, I know we have a game to play and everything else.”
He also told reporters in Seattle that he spoke with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll “a few different times” between the end of last season and when he was traded.
“…I was hoping it would all work out and we could figure out all the details. We weren’t able to…so it’s one of those things. You should be able to go ahead with joy and just say I’m still playing this game and now I’ll be with the Denver Broncos Another wonderful organization.”
“To say I’ll be playing with the Seattle Seahawks for 10 years and hopefully see the Denver Broncos for the rest of my career. That’s a great thing to say. So I’m just grateful. I’m grateful. Grateful for the full experience of everything.”
ESPN’s Brady Henderson contributed to this report.