Early Thursday news for Denver Broncos, Russell Wilson has agreed to a contract extension that will pay him $245 million through five years with $165 million guaranteed, according to several reports.
Broncos, QB Russell Wilson agree to terms on a 5-year, $245M extension which includes $165M guaranteed. (via @rapsheet) pic.twitter.com/Nhun83wMo3
— NFL (@NFL) September 1, 2022
The deal will tie the nine-time Pro-Bowler quarterback to Denver for the next seven years until 2029. It also makes him the second highest paid quarterback with an average annual value of $49 million, only behind Packers’ Aaron Rodgers ($50.271 million).
After 10 years and a Super Bowl championship with the Seattle Seahawks, the team decided to hit the reset button and traded Wilson for a haul of young players and draft compensation to the Broncos that will have to compete in a stacked AFC West.
Last season, Wilson played in 14 games and threw for 3113 yards and 25 touchdowns, both career-lows and very similar to his rookie numbers. Under Nathaniel Hackett and new receiving targets, both expect their offense to be revamped.
Wilson will return to Lumen Field, Seattle, on Week 1 to face his former team in one of the revenge games we will see in the opening week of the season.