The Denver Broncos and quarterback, Russell Wilson have agreed to a five-year $245 Million contract extension. The deal will include a $50 Million signing bonus, $165 million guaranteed, and an annual salary north of $19 Million. Wilson, a former Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl champion, will now be one of the highest-paid QBs in the NFL.
In 2021, the QB missed three games due to a tendon rupture in his throwing hand. As a result, he recorded only 3,113 passing yards and 25 touchdowns, which was a big step backward from his 4,000-yard, 40 TD season in 2020. However, earlier this offseason, the Broncos acquired Wilson in a blockbuster trade. Despite Wilson’s battle with injury last year, he will have high expectations heading into his 11th NFL season.
Wilson will now throw to a young and talented receiving corps, headlined by Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton. Both wideouts have shown promising signs in their combined six-year NFL careers. Wilson will also have second-year running back Javonte Williams in the backfield. In his rookie season, Williams recorded over 1,200 scrimmage yards, totaled seven touchdowns, and is certainly capable of making a significant impact on Denver’s offense in 2022.
Since the Peyton Manning era, Denver has struggled to find a consistent QB with the potential to lead them in a playoff run. However, with Russell Wilson now under center, Broncos fans should finally have confidence in the team’s offensive ability. Wilson has both the talent and experience to help his pass-catchers realize their untapped potential. Money well spent for Denver.