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After swapping four premium draft picks and three players for the Seattle Seahawks for quarterback Russell Wilson, the Denver Broncos still need to pay a fortune.
Retaining Russell Wilson in Mile High City may prove to be more expensive than acquiring him.
Wilson, whose contract runs until 2023, will reportedly seek $ 250 million over five years on a new deal. If he were to receive that contract, he would be the second highest paid player in football after only Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Wilson currently has two years left on a $ 140 million four-year pact with a remaining ceiling of $ 24 and $ 27 million, with only $ 5 million of guaranteed money left.
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As a 34-year-old, it’s full of danger to pay Wilson such a freight, but Denver may not have much choice. Although Wilson does not come from consecutive MVP campaigns like Rodgers, he is still considered an elite player and one who is much younger than the Green Bay star.
Furthermore, the average annual value and year is fine to note, but what will be the guaranteed money? It is the main number that matters. But after seeing Deshaun Watson get $ 230 million guaranteed from the Cleveland Browns despite ongoing off-field problems, Wilson could ask for a full $ 250 million guaranteed and be within reasonable limits, despite being nearly a full decade older.
After sending two picks in the first and second rounds to the Seahawks, Denver really has no choice but to give Wilson most, if not all, of what he wants. And if he’s still a top-10 quarterback, the money is probably worth it.