NFL 2022: Projecting the next 5 biggest quarterback extensions

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ENGLEWOOD, CO – MARCH 16: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Denver Broncos addresses the media at UCHealth Training Center on March 16, 2022 in Englewood, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

Projecting next big quarterback contracts across the NFL

2. Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos

When Russell Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos earlier this offseason, it became clear that he’d also be given a massive extension from the team in the near future.

Wilson is playing on a bit of an outdated contract he signed a few offseasons ago.  It’s a deal worth $35 million per year, and that number in today’s NFL is reserved for lesser but still effective quarterbacks.

Wilson apparently wants a contract that pays him $250 million over five years, which equates to $50 million per year.

His 2021 season was nearly as good as he’s been during his other nine seasons, so it’s understandable why Wilson would want to bet on himself in 2022 with a much stronger supporting cast which he now has in Denver.

When Wilson is given his extension next offseason, he’ll be entering his age-35 season, but he’s indicated he plans on playing another 10-12 years.

It’s unknown whether Wilson will be able to continue to play at a high level, but the Denver Broncos are going to give him this extension without a doubt.

I think Wilson will be able to hit the $50 million per year mark, especially as the salary cap is set to hit $230 million next year.

Prediction: four years, $200 million ($50 million AAV)