Seahawks owner: Wilson 'made it clear' he wanted to leave

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Seattle Seahawks owner Jody Allen revealed Wednesday that Russell Wilson's trade to the Denver Broncos materialized due to the quarterback's desire for a change of scenery.

"While Russell made it clear he wanted this change, he made Seattle proud and we are grateful for his decade of leadership on and off the field," Allen said.

The stunning trade on March 8 ended the nine-time Pro Bowler's tenure with the Seahawks after 10 seasons and one Super Bowl title.

Denver sent quarterback Drew Lock, defensive lineman Shelby Harris, tight end Noah Fant, two first-round picks, a pair of second-round selections, and a fifth-rounder to the Seahawks.

"When it became evident that Russell was interested in playing elsewhere, we used that opportunity to explore the market, allowing us to acquire three quality players, tremendous draft capital, and create salary-cap flexibility," Seahawks general manager John Schneider said. "We have a clear vision about the direction of this team, and this is an exciting time for our organization."

Wilson offered a slightly different perspective, explaining at his introductory press conference in Denver that both sides wanted to move on.

"I didn't initiate it. It was definitely mutual," he said, according to Broncos reporter Aric DiLalla, adding that he's honored to be with his new club.

"If I was going to waive my no-trade clause, it had to be to a winning football team," Wilson explained.

The 33-year-old insists his goal "is to play 10-12 more years and win three or four more Super Bowls," per James Palmer of NFL Network.

Broncos general manager George Paton said there was "a month of negotiations" before Denver and Seattle finally came to an agreement, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

"I've never met anyone who's as obsessed with winning as Russ is," Paton said, per DiLalla.

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