Steelers plan to re-sign Russell Wilson to longer contract after 2024 season, per report

Steelers Aim to Secure Russell Wilson with Extended Contract Beyond 2024, Reports Suggest

The Pittsburgh Steelers have made a significant move by deciding to have Russell Wilson as their starting quarterback for the year 2024 and beyond. This decision comes after the team acquired Justin Fields in a trade with the Chicago Bears. The Steelers and Wilson are looking forward to agreeing on a longer contract following the 2024 season, as reported by the Post-Gazette.

Wilson, who joined the Steelers with a one-year contract valued at $1.21 million for the 2023 season, was released by the Broncos, who are compensating him with $39 million for not being part of their roster this season. The Steelers’ strategy is clear: Wilson will lead as the starting quarterback, with Fields ready to step in if needed. Fields, having the potential to explore free agency next season, might also consider staying with Pittsburgh as Wilson’s backup, depending on how the season unfolds.

Wilson, a nine-time Pro Bowler with a remarkable career that borders on Hall of Fame status, had a challenging first season with Denver in 2022. However, he managed a strong comeback last season before being benched after 15 games. Remarkably, he threw 26 touchdown passes last season, doubling the total of Pittsburgh’s three starting quarterbacks in 2023.

On his first day with the Steelers, Wilson expressed his dedication to the team and the Pittsburgh community, aiming to bring more championships to the city. With a manageable salary for 2024, the Steelers have the flexibility to enhance their roster further. They have already made significant additions, including Fields, linebacker Patrick Queen, safety DeShon Elliott, and receiver Van Jefferson. The team is also on the lookout for a new receiver after parting ways with Diontae Johnson and Allen Robinson II.

Wilson is optimistic about the team’s prospects, emphasizing the opportunity to add more talent to the roster and the shared goal of winning now. His focus is on leveraging the financial flexibility his contract offers to strengthen the team and chase victories in the upcoming seasons.