Why Will Pittsburgh Steelers Pay Russell Wilson Just Over $1M For 1-Year Deal?

Published 03/11/2024, 12:21 AM EDT

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People’s manifestations have come true, and Russell Wilson finally made a move to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Just like everyone thought, the Super Bowl-winning QB is playing for a league minimum and still has a part of his injury guarantees from the Denver Broncos intact. From a financial standpoint, the decision doesn’t look so bad for Russ.

Some more information about Wilson’s contract has come forward on X. The Broncos must have realized that they might be fighting an uphill battle when they decided to bench Wilson and are still losing out on a considerable amount of money.

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uSTADIUM’s post on X clarified the nuances of Russell Wilson’s situation. Per the post, the Broncos will be paying $37.8 million to Wilson as the Pittsburgh team has hired him for the league minimum of $1.2 million. Anyhow, the QB is getting paid what he is owed. However, his new deal with the Steelers is not all that bad. The Steelers are still testing the waters, though because both parties agreed to a 1-year deal.

Wilson posted “Year 13. Grateful. @Steelers” on X and it has a video of fans cheering in the Acrisure Stadium. Per the reports, Russell took permission from the Broncos to visit the Steelers office. He sat down with Mike Tomlin and other stakeholders. They agreed on a 1-year team-friendly deal with the QB. Now the QB will be playing alongside Kenny Pickett because the Steelers decided to let go of Mason Rudolph recently.

After making this move, the Denver team is set to take on $85 million in dead money for the next two seasons. This amount is the highest ever in NFL history as far as dead money goes.

“Over the next two years, I want to win two [Super Bowls], I want to feel the chill of that trophy again,” said Wilson in the I am Athlete Podcast. “I love the city (of Denver) and everything else, but you also want to be [in] a place that wants you, too. The thing I want to do is to win, that’s all I care about.” But Russ is not the only athlete the Steelers were playing waiting games with.

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Pittsburgh Steelers are waiting for a bargain

Players like James Daniels, Mitch Trubisky, Isaac Seulamo, Cole Holcomb, Patrick Peterson, Elandon Roberts, and Myles Jack are on the free agency list from the Steelers side. However, their participation is less than negligible in the upcoming free agency because they want to wait it out. An article from the Steelers gave more insight into their situation.


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Though there is a cap increase of $30 million this year, the team does not want to overspend just so that their prospects go bust in the future. “It applies to all of us,” said Steelers general manager Omar Khan about the cap increase. “Whatever impact it has on us, it also has on the other 31 teams.”


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He added later, “If there’s an opportunity to improve the roster, we’ll find ways to do things with the cap, and there’s some flexibility. And if we can make things better, we will.”

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Abhinav Prakash


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