Russell Wilson contract extension: Broncos QB gets $245M deal before first season in Denver, according to report – CBS Sports

Russell Wilson contract extension: Broncos QB gets $245M deal before first season in Denver, according to report - CBS Sports

The Denver Broncos and nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson agreed to a contract extension on Thursday, according to Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports. The new deal is worth $245 million over five years, including $165 million in guarantees, by Ian Rapoport. As Jones notes, “the Walton-Penner group took over on August 9 and made this deal within the first 4 weeks of ownership.”

Wilson, 33, enters his first season with the Broncos since being acquired by the Seahawks in march Wild head coach Nathaniel Hackett can always develop the game plan around his quarterback rather than making that quarterback stick to his game plan. The partnership in the Rocky Mountains looks like it’s off to a great start.

“He’s really a 24/7 kind of guy. He wants to be great. He wants to know everything. No small thing is less important than another thing,” Hackett said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. “All those rumors I’ve heard are so true, just watching him how he works, how he studies. It’s every year for him. It’s not just during the season. That’s something he’s just continuously shown.”

One would assume that fans are waiting anxiously to learn whether or not the phrase “Let Russ Cook” has followed him to the AFC West or if it is a thing of the past.

Wilson’s contract is third-highest in total guarantees behind Cleveland’s Deshaun Watson ($230 million) and Arizona’s Kyler Murray ($189.5 million).

Despite suffering a broken finger in Week 5 of the 2021 regular season against the Rams, the Wisconsin product missed just three games. Those were the first games he missed in his career, ending a streak of 149 consecutive games started by an NFL quarterback, which is sixth all-time. He completed 64.8% of his pass attempts for 3,113 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions in 14 games.

DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett remained in the Pacific Northwest following the trade but the talent pool isn’t shallow in Denver either. KJ Hamler and former first-round pick Jerry Jeudy complement ball-winner Courtland Sutton. Tight end Albert Okwuegbunam steps in for Noah Fant, who was traded to Seattle as part of the Wilson trade.

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If healthy for the duration of next season, Wilson is projected to surpass 40,000 career passing yards — a feat only 22 other NFL quarterbacks have accomplished. He currently ranks sixth among active quarterbacks (37,059) behind Joe Flacco (41,269), Matthew Stafford (49,995), Aaron Rodgers (55,360), Matt Ryan (59,735) and Tom Brady (84,520).

Denver opens the regular season Sept. 12 at Seattle; return to Lumen Field for Wilson.

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