View of Denver: Russell Wilson is the perfect antidote to boring football

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DENVER — While Green Bay worshiped and bowed to the demands of a diva, the Broncos had a quarterback who could change everything for the long-suffering football team in our old dusty cow town.

In the exclusive club of elite NFL quarterbacks, Russell Wilson cannot match the four MVP awards in the case of Aaron Rodgers’ trophy. But not only is “DangeRuss” almost five years younger than A-Rod, he seems to be a lot easier to live with in the long run.

Rodgers took the path of least resistance, let alone big money, by staying in Green Bay. But general manager George Paton and the Broncos made headlines by making a blockbuster trade for Wilson, who won’t blink in a downcast stare or a showdown with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes or any quarterback in the AFC West.

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No trade in Denver sports history has rocked the Rocky Mountains to such magnitude since John Elway was a young punk quarterback with a big arm, a mop of hair and the spunk to force his way out of Baltimore. in 1983.

Pending Wilson’s approval, the Broncos will send a Brinks truck to Seattle filled with quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant, defensive lineman Shelby Harris, two first-round draft picks, two second-round draft picks and a partridge in a pear. tree to land Denver’s elite quarterback has been missing since Peyton Manning retired in 2016.

Please, Mr. Wilson. Say yes. As Manning could easily attest, starting the second chapter of a glorious football career in Denver can end with the joy of a championship parade.

Wilson’s arrival means the Broncos shouldn’t have to shop for a starting quarterback for another five years. With Wilson in the starting lineup, Denver may not be quite ready for a Super Bowl run, but it puts Paton in an ideal position to fill in the blanks.

My ranking as a power quarterback in the AFC West, where the arms race is intense?

No. 1: Mahomes.

No. 2: Wilson.

No. 3: Justin Herbert.

No. 4: Derek Carr.

Wilson is a better fit for Denver than Rodgers.

Dance with a diva, and what do you get?

Heartbreak.

The Broncos got used to Rodgers. By doing nothing more than playing with hearts in Denver, Rodgers got everything he wanted from Green Bay, from the love of a $50 million annual salary to the Packers’ creeping apologies for drafting Jordan. Love.

Carefree. Here’s hoping Green Bay can keep Rodgers happy.

The Broncos won the NFL’s blockbuster news day. By acquiring Wilson, Paton has done what his predecessor should have done years ago.

In 2011, as I watched Wisconsin dismantle the Cornhuskers 48-17 in Game 1 of Nebraska’s ill-fated move to the Big Ten Conference, I fell hopelessly in love with the quarterback who threw for 255 yards and produced three touchdowns, confusing the Cornhuskers. with his arms and legs.

Meeting Wilson after the game for an interview in a conference room at Camp Randall Stadium, I was surprised that a 5-foot-11, ink-stained wretch like me could look him straight in the eye. But that didn’t stop me from believing he could lead the Broncos to a championship. And I didn’t hesitate to share my opinion with the man in charge of building the Denver list.

During our debate on the merits of the quarterback, Elway admitted that he likes Wilson too. But with the No. 57 overall pick in the second round, with Wilson still on the board, the Broncos chose quarterback Brock Osweiler instead, largely because at 6-foot-7 he towered over Wilson, the former player. infield area of ​​the Rocky Mountain Agricultural System. who returned to football after his baseball dream began to crumble.

Nearly a decade later, Paton pushed all his chips mid-table and bet his Denver career on Wilson. Broncos Country is now back on the NFL map of relevant teams worthy of prime-time attention. “DangeRuss” is the antidote to boring football.

It was a bold decision.

It was beautiful.

Well done!

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