$245 Million Russell Wilson Face Fans’ Backlash After Patrick Mahomes’ $9,000,000 Decision

Published 03/19/2023, 7:48 AM EDT

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Last year, the Denver Broncos felt that acquiring Russell Wilson will help build the team’s offensive capabilities. But things did not go according to plan for both the player and the team. Wilson had an unimpressive first season with the Broncos. This made fans question the $245 million investment into bringing in the quarterback. Russell Wilson put up the lowest numbers of his career on board during his debut season for the Broncos. And the backlash continues to befall the quarterback ever since.

After the Kansas City Chiefs recently tweaked the contract of Patrick Mahomes, this brought in even more criticism by the fans for Russell Wilson and his future with the Denver Broncos.

Russell Wilson faces backlash from fans after Mahomes contract tweak


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In an episode of the Arrowhead Addict on YouTube, senior editor and FanSided’s NFL reporter Matt Verderame opened up about how he felt that Russell Wilson’s contract with the Broncos is one of the most ridiculous contracts ever given to a player in the NFL. Wilson had signed a contract worth $245 million with the Broncos, which included $161 million guaranteed and a $50 million signing bonus. He will earn a base salary of $8 million while carrying a cap value of $22 million and a dead cap value of $107 million. According to Verderame, it did not seem like a good business for the Broncos, and they dug the pit of doom for themselves.

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Verderame talked about how next year is the last year before Wilson’s extension starts. If they decide to trade Wilson, they will have to pay dead money of $107 million. As the years pass by, the dead money is still a ridiculous amount for the Broncos.


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No matter which year they decide to trade him, it’s still a loss for the team in terms of finance.

Chiefs tweak Patrick Mahomes’s contract for cap space

Recently, the Kansas City Chiefs made a few adjustments to their Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes’s contract. They cleared $9.6 million in cap space after they altered $12 million of the QB’s roster money into a signing bonus. This allows the Chiefs to bring in new talents to the team for the upcoming 2023 season. 


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But this selfless act by Mahomes brought in even more criticism for Wilson. Fans feel that the 34-year-old QB will either need to prove his worth or return the money back to the team. Wilson will be keen to tackle the doubts of fans about his performance in the next season. If his stats continue to berate his contract, then it will be interesting to see what the Broncos decide for the future of the team and the player.

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Priyam Hazarika

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Priyam Hazarika is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. Priyam's favorite athlete has always been the legendary football star Tom Brady, whom he immensely appreciates for his sense of dedication and passion for the sport. His favorite words of wisdom are from one of the greatest coaches of all time, Vince Lombardi.

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