Broncos, Russell Wilson beat the clock for a new deal, barely

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Late Wednesday night, the Broncos and quarterback Russell Wilson reached an agreement that will keep Wilson in Denver for seven years. It almost didn’t happen.

The two sides had a deadline of midnight on September 1 to get a deal done in 2022, PFT has learned.

G.M. George Paton hinted at how close the contract carriage came to turning into a pumpkin, at least until after the 2022 season ended.

“It came down to the wire last night,” Paton told reporters. “We had a deadline. I felt we would figure it out, but you never know. We’ve never done a deal together. [Agent] Mark [Rodgers] is tough. [Vice President of Football Administration] Rich [Hurtado] is tough. You’re like, ‘How is this going to work?’ . . . I went home last night. It was like 11:30 [p.m.] and I hadn’t heard anything. . . . I fell asleep, then the phone rang. I don’t know what time — maybe 11:45. It was a FaceTime. It was Russ and Ciara. I couldn’t figure out the phone, so I lost them. I was like, ‘Are they going to ask for more money? What are they doing?’ They called again and I answered, and it was one of the best phone calls I’ve ever received. Ciara, Russ and even Mark was on the call. It was pretty cool stuff and I’ll remember that. That’s the best I’ve felt after a deal.”

It’s not the first time Wilson used an artificial deadline to get a new contract. In 2019, he made it clear to the Seahawks that a new deal had to be done, if at all, by start of the offseason program. And it happened.

Artificial deadlines can be a challenge, because they’re artificial. Both sides need to be fully committed to respecting the deadline — and to acting accordingly if it passes without a deal.

For the Broncos and Wilson, the reason for it was obvious. The season opener against the Seahawks is coming. No one needed the contract to distract from the task at hand.

And now it won’t.

26 responses to “Broncos, Russell Wilson beat the clock for a new deal, barely

  1. this contract is going to bury denver for years, he has been on a downward spiral for a few years and they signed him for what 7 yrs. This is how i see it playing out year 1 he will be on fire to prove his detractors wrong and they will make the playoff, out in 2nd round. year 2-? each year less and less wins and more and more whining. he will be traded by year 4.

  2. Wow. Barely thru the door and playing hardball already. I’m glad Wilson is gone from Seattle.

  3. >. I was like, ‘Are they going to ask for more money? What are they doing?’

    No, they were playing you. They milked you and were trying for even more, but they knew they had you at that point.
    “You win George” they laughed, all the way to the bank.

  4. Wonder what Lemar Jackson is thinking today. I Hope Baltimore and Jackson get a deal done before the start of the season.

  5. Just needed to set a deadline to force things. Most players working on deals will say next Sunday is the deadline. Never quite sure why players (at least in NFL) don’t do deals during the season (MLB players seem to be able to sign 7-10 year extension while playing virtually every day of the week. Guess securing your financial future would mess up playing video games, clubbing, driving fast, etc. on days off.

  6. As the details come out this is looking even more team friendly. Solid deal for the Broncos.

    AFC west will be the cream of the NFL for years to come

  7. This is a great deal for Denver locking up a top tier quarterback for years to come. Anyone that doesn’t think this is a good deal has their head in their keyster.

  8. A washed up Russel Wilson will not have the same outcome as a washed up Peyton Manning had because he lacks a great defense to bail him out!

  9. theweedsthruthetrees says:
    September 2, 2022 at 10:16 am
    Wow. Barely thru the door and playing hardball already. I’m glad Wilson is gone from Seattle.

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    Russ was the Seahawks. Let’s see how you feel when the Seahawks go 2-15 this coming season

  10. Seattle fans are so salty because we are doing everything y’all SHOULD of been doing. You will see just how bad it is now that you let Wilson go for just a few picks. We have the richest owner in the NFL. It’s not my money so who cares. Let Russ cook!

  11. Russ was the Seahawks. Let’s see how you feel when the Seahawks go 2-15 this coming season
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    Marshawn was the Seahawks
    The LOB was the Seahawks
    Wagner and KJ were the Seahawks

    Yes, Russ carried a few average teams the last few years. To what? Wild Card losses? That wouldn’t be good enough for you up in Nantucket.

    And more and more info is coming out that Russ wanted this, as far back as two years ago.

    Russ got his wish, it was time for Seattle to reboot. I think the deal can work out for both parties.

  12. Seattle fans are so salty because we are doing everything y’all SHOULD of been doing.
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    Sorry, can’t hear you over 5 consecutive losing seasons, and the 6 years it took you to find Mannings replacement.

  13. Seattle is going to be awful this year…BUT…they’ve finally invested in the oline in this past draft, they have a few good/great WRs, a good TE, good RBs and plenty of high upcoming draft picks. Come April 2023 the Seahawks will be selecting one of the top 3 (perhaps the top) QBs in the QB-loaded draft. That QB will have the tools in place to succeed fairly quickly. Frankly, more tools than Wilson ever had with Hawks O.
    Whereas Denver has invested in a QB who has been great for much of his career, but he’s 32 now, he’s short, he’s relied on his legs and his speed/quickness appears to be slowing down. Whenever he loses his legs, a 5’10” pocket QB with moderate red zone accuracy is troubling at best.
    First 2 yrs Denver “wins” the deal (although not sure that means anything better than the basement in the AFC West), next 5 yrs, Seattle wins it, big time.

  14. The question is whether Russ can still throw the ball. He broke the middle finger on his throwing hand last year.

  15. Russ is all golly gee this and that to the press and fans but he’s very demanding when there is something he wants, which sometimes takes people by surprise.

    Ask Seahawks coaches, management and executives. From playcalling to personell to contracts, his firm demands finally wore thin to the Seahawks.

    Good luck to him in Denver, and sure Seattle will have a couple rebuilding years, but the situation with him was last the point of Seattle bending over backwards for him.

  16. Let’s all enjoy MNF. It will be rocking. Thumbs up if you think Russell will lead Broncos to a win. Thumbs down if not. I’m guessing he fails to beat Seattle & then the Bronco fans have to wonder if he is as good as advertised. Go Hawks!

  17. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. His peak years occurred while he was on his rookie contract with a great defense. He has lost 4 of his last 5 playoff starts.

  18. Sorry, can’t hear you over 5 consecutive losing seasons, and the 6 years it took you to find Mannings replacement.

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    Really want to dig into history here and compare organizations?

    Didn’t think so.

  19. Really want to dig into history here and compare organizations?
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    That wasn’t the context of what the other guy was saying.

    Denver is hardly a model organization the last decade. At this point, Seattle isn’t either.

    It was pretty clear they had peaked with Russ. Russ wanted out, and the relationship would have deteriorated. Seattle definitely wasn’t going to give him another fat deal, Russ wouldn’t have accepted it, from the sound of it.

    The trade was the best move. Arguably, the only move.

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