The Denver Broncos Are Hoping Russell Wilson Can Become Peyton Manning 2.0

The Denver Broncos landed a quarterback. After the Aaron Rodgers dreams ended, they pivoted and acquired Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in a massive blockbuster deal.

The addition of Wilson makes Denver a true contender in the AFC and the AFC West got a lot more competitive in a matter of days. After years of uncertainty, frustration, and incompetency at the QB position, the Broncos swung for the fences and brought in Wilson.

The question now becomes, can Wilson become Peyton Manning 2.0?

The Broncos are hoping Russell Wilson does what Peyton Manning did

The Broncos have Russell Wilson.
Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson | Justin Edmonds/ Hyoung Chang/Getty Images/ MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The Broncos are rejoicing that they finally have a decent starting quarterback. The list goes on and on, with names concluding Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch, Tim Tebow, Drew Lock, Teddy Bridgewater, and Jeff Driskel, among many others.

Everybody knew Denver was desperate for a quality signal-caller. After Rodgers decided to return to Green Bay, the Broncos wasted no time and landed Wilson in a massive trade.

The move suddenly shoots Denver into contention, not just in the AFC West. Could Wilson do what Peyton Manning did years ago? That is the idea, and the Broncos roster already has many pieces in place. The last thing they needed was a quarterback, and they got one.

Remember, Manning left the Indianapolis Colts for the first time in his career and headed to Colorado. Then, he helped the Broncos win a Super Bowl before heading off to retirement.

To no surprise, the Broncos are hoping Wilson can do just that, and the former Seahawks QB even reached out to Manning.

The Broncos new QB reached out to Peyton Manning and has done extensive research

Wilson knew a trade was coming; it was only a matter of where. So, it isn’t surprising that he did his due diligence on the Broncos organization, and that means also questioning Manning about his time in the Mile High City.

Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated sees an uncanny resemblance in the Broncos’ plan as well.

In 2012, the Broncos had a number of ascending young skill players (Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Julius Thomas). The ’22 team has a similar arsenal (Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick, K.J. Hamler, Albert Okwuegbunam, Javonte Williams).

Albert Breer

The Broncos also have an excellent defense, with Bradley Chubb and Patrick Surtain II on the roster. It looks eerily similar to what Denver did in 2012 to court Manning.

If they can get a similar result, that is all that matters.

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The first decade went well for both Manning and Wilson.

The former Wisconsin star had a stellar career in Seattle, but his time was going to come to an end at some point. New beginnings indeed for Wilson, and his introductory press conference in Denver brought out the best reactions from everybody — including new head coach Nathaniel Hackett.

Hackett has every reason to be excited, and the hope is that Wilson can help the Broncos to another Super Bowl victory.

If Wilson can keep up the pace from the past 10 years, things should go pretty well in Denver. If Wilson can lead them to the promised land, he might become the most beloved Broncos player in recent memory.

Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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