Russell Wilson: “This is the Place That I Wanted to Be” after signing new contract with…

Russell Wilson: “This is the Place That I Wanted to Be” after signing a contract with the Steelers

Even before he was certain he would start in 2024, Russell Wilson chose to sign a one-year, $1.21 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers despite hearing from “several” other suitors.

DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 31:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Denver Broncos looks on before a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High on December 31, 2023 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Wilson reportedly stated, “I was fortunate to have several teams call and all that, but this is the place that I wanted to be, with the Pittsburgh Steelers,” as reported by Mike DeFabo of The Athletic. It is a privilege to wear the black and gold. It’s customary. It’s the past.

“There are six trophies in there, and we’ve got to get the seventh.”

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Steelers acquired Kenny Pickett to the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, thereby restoring Wilson to a starting position just a few days after the Denver Broncos released him.


Thanks to guarantees in his prior contract, Wilson will collect more than $37 million from the Broncos in addition to the veteran minimum.

of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Wilson stated, “To be a Pittsburgh Steeler is a great tradition.” “The reason why I wanted to come here is because I wanted to be able to win championships with Coach Tomlin and these guys in the locker room.”

It’s a wonderful location to be. Thankful for the chance to go after it and accomplish our goal, which is to succeed.”

The Steelers “indicated” to Wilson that he would be the starter before signing him, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, but Wilson dismissed the idea that he was farther down the depth chart before Pickett was traded on Friday.

“You look forward to helping the team win when you get up every day. Wilson stated, “I think that’s just honestly my focus right now,” as reported by’s Kevin Patra.

According to DeFabo, Wilson informed reporters that T.J. Watt, Cameron Heyward, and Minkah Fitzpatrick had engaged in FaceTime recruiting efforts to get him to Pittsburgh. Watt was described by the seasoned quarterback as “a guy who really should be defensive player (of the year).”

The quarterback continued by saying that he also had video conversations with coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Omar Khan.

Wilson stated, “This is just the beginning of it and I’m excited about it,” as reported by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac. “This will be an amazing journey. Although it won’t be simple, in the end it will be worthwhile, and we will make it so.”

With Pickett leaving for Philadelphia, the Steelers’ attention will now be on locating Wilson’s backup. If the Chicago Bears want to trade quarterback Justin Fields, then that could be one possibility.

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