Last Updated Mar 09, 2022, 10:36 AM

Broncos Super Bowl 57 Odds After Wilson Trade

Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl Betting Odds Drop With Russell Wilson Trade

The Denver Broncos made a huge splash on Tuesday afternoon. Adam Schefter ensured that the NFL would be on the front page of ESPN for the rest of the day when he tweeted that the Broncos had acquired Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks in a blockbuster deal. John Elway finally has the franchise quarterback he has desired since Peyton Manning retired after the Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, leading to Denver’s Super Bowl betting odds dropping from 20-1 to 12-1 at DraftKings.

A Revolving Door at Quarterback

Since Peyton Manning walked away from football, Denver has repeatedly tried and failed to find a star quarterback. Ten different quarterbacks have started a game for the Broncos over the last six seasons, but none of them have been able to bring Denver back to the postseason. The Broncos tried to develop quarterbacks (Drew Lock and Paxton Lynch) and brought in free agents like Case Keenum and Teddy Bridgewater, yet nothing worked out.

The trade for Russell Wilson will change all of that. Wilson led Seattle past Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII. He was a bit of a game manager at that point in his career, but Wilson has proved that he can carry the load in recent years. The nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback has thrown for at least 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in all 10 of his seasons in the NFL.

Denver's Super Bowl 57 Betting Outlook

Wilson will have a lot of talented receivers to work with as Denver has one of the most underrated receiving corps in the NFL. Jerry Jeudy is one of the best young receivers in the league, and the Broncos recently signed Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick to extensions. K.J. Hamler could surprise coming off an injury too. Javonte Williams also looks to be a promising, young running back that will take over the full-time starting role in 2022.

Denver dealt future Hall of Fame linebacker Von Miller to the Los Angeles Rams in the middle of last season, but the Broncos have a potentially great secondary as Patrick Surtain II was the best rookie cornerback in the league last year. The Broncos ended up ranking third in scoring defense and eighth in total defense last year, as this side of the ball was not a problem for Denver.

There was a lot of speculation that Denver would add a proven quarterback this offseason. The Broncos were rumored to be in pursuit of Aaron Rodgers, but the four-time NFL MVP signed a massive four-year, $200 million extension with Green Bay earlier today. That led to Denver quickly working out a deal with Seattle for Wilson, but the price was steep. Denver will be trading Drew Lock, Noah Fant, Shelby Harris, two first-round picks, two-second round picks, and a fifth-round pick to Seattle for Wilson and a fourth-round pick.

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