Russell Wilson Ready to Join Pittsburgh Steelers After Disappointing Season with Denver Broncos

Russell Wilson appears ready to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers after a disappointing two-season stay with the Denver Broncos comes to an end this week.

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The 35-year-old quarterback posted a video on social media seemingly confirming reports of his signing, tagging the Steelers and including clips of Pittsburgh fans waving his famous 'Terrible Towels' - a reference to the Steelers' fan tradition. team spinning the iconic yellow symbol above their heads - with the caption: "Year 13. Grateful."

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and ESPN's Adam Schefter, Wilson will sign a one-year contract with Pittsburgh once he begins the new league year on March 13.

Rapoport reported that the deal will cost the Steelers $1.2 million. According to salary tracking website Spotrac, Wilson will continue to impact the Broncos' salary cap in 2024 and 2025 as he is owed $39 million next season, minus whatever the Steelers pay him. The NFL recently announced that the salary cap would be increased to $255.4 million per team.

Wilson will likely compete for the starting quarterback job against Kenny Pickett, who has been a starter the past two seasons for Pittsburgh with varying success.

Pickett was the 20th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, but has struggled with injuries and fluctuating performances since he was selected out of the University of Pittsburgh.

He has thrown 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while having a 14-10 record as a starter. At the end of last season, he was benched in favor of Mason Rudolph after recovering from an injury. Rudolph was chosen to start the team's wild card playoff game against the Buffalo Bills.

Wilson's move to Pennsylvania comes after two unsuccessful seasons in Colorado; The Broncos announced earlier this month that Wilson would be released on March 13 after failing to bring success to the franchise after trading him from the Seattle Seahawks in 2022.

The Broncos' decision to trade for Wilson, which came in exchange for a big haul, including two first-round picks, two second-round picks, a fifth-round pick, quarterback Drew Lock, defensive tackle Shelby Harris and tight end Noah Fant will be remembered as one of the worst in NFL history given the assets of the trade, the financial outlay and the lack of success that the decision brought.

In his two seasons with the Broncos, he went 11-19, with the team missing the playoffs twice and the nine-time Pro Bowler being benched at the end of the 2023 campaign.

According to the NFL, the Broncos will incur $85 million in dead wages over the next two years by releasing Wilson, which will be the largest hit to the dead salary cap in league history.

Wilson, who won Super Bowl XLVIII during his time in Seattle, has 43,653 passing yards, 334 touchdowns and 106 interceptions during his NFL career.

Russell Wilson put to rest the question of where he would play the 2024 NFL season before free agency officially began, with ESPN and NFL Network reporting Sunday night that he would sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers on a one-year deal. .

Wilson, 35, is set to be released by the Denver Broncos this week once the new league year officially begins on Wednesday, the organization announced last week. The team will incur a record $85 million in dead cap money over the next two seasons due to the move.

The Steelers are entering into a team-friendly deal, according to ESPN, with the Broncos paying approximately $38 million of the guaranteed money they are owed for this season.

Wilson appeared to confirm the news with a social media post Sunday night.

Wilson was seen flying to Pittsburgh via Newark International Airport on Friday. He also met with the New York Giants, according to multiple reports.

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The Steelers selected Kenny Pickett in the first round (20th overall) of the 2022 draft. Mason Rudolph finished the year as the team's starter even as Pickett was healthy enough to return from an ankle injury late in the season. season, but is ready to be a free agent.

Both general manager Omar Khan and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expressed interest in bringing in competition for Pickett for the top job.

"I have complete confidence in Kenny Pickett," Kha said