49ers news: Biggest winners, losers of Seahawks Russell Wilson trade

Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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The 49ers should rejoice in the news Russell Wilson is being traded from the Seahawks to the Broncos, and there are some clear-cut winners and losers in the wake of the deal.

It’s an end of an era with the Seattle Seahawks.

But Tuesday’s blockbuster deal that saw star quarterback Russell Wilson dealt from the Hawks to the Denver Broncos is more than just an end of an era for Seattle.

It also marks an end of an era that saw the San Francisco 49ers almost completely dominated by Wilson and their NFC West rivals, a stretch of time dating back to 2012 when Wilson broke into the league as a rookie.

Wilson’s trade signals the Seahawks are now looking at a rebuild, while Denver is going all-in amid a rough AFC West that could take over San Francisco’s own division as the toughest in the NFL heading into 2022.

But who won and lost as a result of the blockbuster?

Niner Noise, obviously biased in favor of the 49ers, explores who those biggest winners and losers may be.

Winner: 49ers

Well, duh.

Remember when Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told Chicago Bears fans at Soldier Field “I own you” last season? Well, he’s got a point. Rodgers boasts a 22-5 record against Chicago.

But Wilson isn’t far behind with regards to his domination over the Niners, going 17-4 in his career, including that 2014 NFC Championship game we won’t talk about.

Even when the Seahawks started falling apart last season, they still managed to sweet the season series over San Francisco, which made the 49ers’ push to get into the playoffs that much more challenging.

And about the only bragging right the Niners have had over Wilson and Co. over the last 10 years was that storybook victory in Week 17 at the tail end of the 2019 season. Not much more than that.

True, San Francisco plays Wilson and his new team this upcoming season, although one has to figure the 49ers are more than happy to only have to see Wilson once this year and then not again for what’ll be a long, long time.