There aren't too many quarterbacks in NFL history who have been in Russell Wilson's situation, but if there's one QB out there who knows exactly what Wilson is going through right now, it's probably Peyton Manning.
After a highly successful 14-year career with the Colts that included one Super Bowl win, Manning was dumped following the 2011 season and ended up in Denver. On Wilson's end, the former Seahawks quarterback spent 10 highly successful seasons in Seattle before getting traded to the Broncos in a stunning move that went down in early March.
Part of the reason the Broncos made the move is because they've been desperate to find a starting quarterback. Since Manning's retirement following the 2015 season, the Broncos QB situation has been a disaster and they're clearly hoping that Wilson will fix that. With Wilson now trying to make the same transition to Denver that Manning had to make 10 years ago, the retired QB has reached out to Wilson multiple times over the past month.
"I've talked to Russell a number of times and we've had conversations about some of the things that helped me in my transition to a different team that I think can apply to anybody making the jump, especially after being in a place for a long time," Manning told the Denver Post. "[I've had] conversations Coach [Nathaniel] Hackett as well about some of those things, maybe some do's and don'ts that helped me and can certainly apply and Russell can hit the ground running here in his first year."
Manning and Wilson actually played against each other in Super Bowl XLVIII, which the Seahawks ended up winning 43-8 in a game that turned out to be one of the biggest blowouts in Super Bowl history. During that game, Manning got a first-hand look at how Wilson plays and in the nine years since then, he's really come to admire Wilson's playing style.
"Just his leadership and his work ethic -- you start there and then you obviously get to the abilities and talents on the field," Manning said. "His ability to scramble out of the pocket and also make every throw from within the pocket — that's something that is unique. And then the fact he's going to work very hard to get his timing down with his receivers."
If Wilson's time in Denver is just half as successful as Manning's, then the Broncos will probably be thrilled. In Manning's four seasons with the Broncos, Denver went to the playoffs all four times, a total that included two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl win.