Russell Wilson contract extension: Broncos QB gets deal worth $245M before first season in Denver, per report

The Denver Broncos and nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson have reportedly agreed to a contract extension on Thursday. Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports. The new agreement is worth $245 million over five years, including $165 million in guarantees, According to Ian Rapoport. As Jones puts it, “The Walton-Penner Group took over on August 9 and completed the transaction within the first 4 weeks of taking ownership.”

Wilson, 33, is entering his first season with the Broncos since he was acquired from the Seahawks in March. Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett has long been known for building a game plan around his quarterback rather than having the quarterback stick to his. The Rocky Mountain partnership sounds like a good start.

“He’s really a 24/7 guy. He wants to be great. He wants to know everything. No little thing is more important than another,” Hackett In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio“All these rumours I’ve heard are true, just looking at how he works and how he learns. It’s been the case for him all year. Not just during the season. It’s what he keeps showing. ”

One would assume that fans are anxiously waiting to find out if the phrase “Let Rath Cook” has followed him into the AFC West, or if this is a thing of the past.

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

The Wisconsin product has only missed three games despite a broken finger against the Rams in Week 5 of the 2021 regular season. That was the first game he missed in his career, ending a streak of 149 games started by an NFL quarterback, sixth all-time. He completed 64.8 percent of his pass attempts in 14 games for 3,113 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.

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

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If healthy this upcoming season, Wilson is expected to surpass 40,000 career passing yards — a feat accomplished only by 22 other NFL quarterbacks. He currently ranks sixth among active quarterbacks (37,059) behind Joe Flacco (41,269), Matthew Stafford (49,995), Aaron Rodgers (55,360), Matt Ray Grace (59,735) and Tom Brady (84,520).

Denver opens regular season in Seattle on Sept. 12; returns to Lumens Field for Wilson.

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