The Denver Broncos have been in search of a franchise quarterback since Peyton Manning retired following Super Bowl 50. Having gone through eleven different signal callers, and none able to take hold of the job permanently, president of football operations John Elway, made a franchise altering move this offseason. The Broncos went out and traded for Seattle Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson. The move was one of many big offseason transactions that are sure to play a factor in the 2022 NFL season. Wilson was traded exactly one year after trade rumors surfaced for the former NC State and Wisconsin signal caller.
On Thursday Wilson and the Broncos came to agreement on a five-year, $245 million extension, with $165 million guaranteed. It’s the third largest contract in guarantees in league history,
An excited Wilson expressed his gratitude for the massive extension.
“I came here knowing I was going to be ready to play on these two years left on my contract. But I think to be able to get it done before the season, to have it all done, is just a blessing. And it allows us all to be excited.
“It’s so important to me … to me what’s it about is to be able to win championships and have enough space on the salary cap so George can work his magic and we can get guys like Randy Gregory … and other great players. We want to make this a destination location.”
Now Russ is signed through the 2028 season, assuring the Broncos they have a QB for the next seven seasons if they so choose. Wilson was a 34, but still has plenty left in the tank, as of now he could possibly play out the entire seven seasons of the deal. Wilson’s average annual salary will still be $35 million per season, which is exactly what it was in Seattle.
Broncos GM Says There Was Pressure To Get Deal Done:
With Wilson still being fairly new in orange and blue, there was a bit of skepticism as to whether the two sides would come to an agreement. GM George Paton discussed that at Thursday’s news conference to announce the deal.
“We did feel pressure, it came down to the wire last night. We had a deadline and I felt we would figure it out, but you never know, we had never done a deal together.”
The Broncos new ownership group of Walton-Penner was adamant on getting their franchise quarterback locked up long term. Team CEO, Carrie Walton Penner, had this to say about the deal.
“It’s critical to have a great quarterback in this league, and coming into this organization with Russell in place is a tremendous benefit for us.”
Expectations In Denver Are High: May Have Just Gotten Higher
Since 2016, the Broncos are 39-58, and they haven’t beaten the Chiefs since Patrick Mahomes became the starter in 2018 (0-8). The Chiefs have been the standard in the AFC West and AFC the last four seasons. This contract was given in good faith that Wilson will be the guy who changes this disturbing trend of bad offense and good defense. The team the 2021 season third in the NFL in total defense despite a (7-10) record. Wilson has plenty of weaponry on offense, and a defense that should be just as good as last year’s, if not better. The AFC West got better as a whole as did the entire AFC conference, so it won’t be easy but that’s why you trade for a guy like Wilson he’s been to mountaintop and knows what it takes.
As for Wilson’s personal life, it’s just a bigger bag for he, his wife (Ciara) and their three children. Can you say more generational wealth.