Russell Wilson to sign free agent deal with Steelers

Nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback and former Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson plans to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers, league sources told ESPN.

Wilson will sign a team-friendly, one-year deal. The Denver Broncos, who told him last week that he would be released, will wind up paying $38 million of his salary while he wears the black and yellow.

With permission from the Broncos because he is still under contract until the start of the new league year Wednesday, Wilson visited with Steelers officials in Pittsburgh for over six hours Friday.

Denver is paying most of Wilson's $38 million this season, so this move makes sense for Pittsburgh to see what Wilson can do at 35.

In 2023, Wilson started 15 games and passed for 3,070 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also had 341 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 19.7 Fantasy points per game.

The Steelers are going to be a run-centric offense under new coordinator Arthur Smith, and Smith's quarterbacks haven't been stellar the past three seasons when he was the head coach in Atlanta.

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