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In Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos Prolonged NFL’s Winningest QB Through 10 Seasons


The Denver Broncos can exhale. Russell Wilson is under contract through 2028. 

Hot on the heels of the five-year, $245 million extension Wilson received, the Broncos have solved the most important problem plaguing this team since Super Bowl 50: the dearth of a bonafide franchise quarterback. 

Those doubting Denver’s commitment to Wilson, or the skeptics saying that he’s ‘washed,’ are affected by the vagaries of recency bias. While it’s true that he’s coming off the ‘worst’ season of his profession, statistically speaking, we’re talking a couple of QB who, at the bottom moment of his profession and amid a tough finger injury on his throwing hand, still out-produced every signal-caller that has began for the Broncos since Super Bowl 50.

The most effective Denver gleaned from the quarterback position since hoisting the Lombardi Trophy is eighteen touchdowns to 10 interceptions, which got here from Trevor Siemian in 2016 — Gary Kubiak’s last as head coach. Contrast that with Wilson’s 2021 production in a ‘down’ 12 months: 25 touchdowns to 6 interceptions with 3,113 yards passing and a passer rating of 103.1.

After wandering the QB desert for the past six years, most Broncos fans will take that production day-after-day and thrice on Sundays. 

It’s true that the Broncos just paid a player who’s yet to suit up on gameday. But let’s put it in perspective. What exactly are the Broncos investing in? 

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With 113 total victories under his belt, Wilson is the winningest starting quarterback in NFL history through his first 10 seasons. He’s also a nine-time Pro Bowler, a Super Bowl XLVIII Champion, and 2020 Walter Payton NFL Man of the 12 months.

‘But Wilson’s not elite!’ say the cynics and skeptics. How can we measure an ‘elite’ QB? 

If it’s based on wins, then no QB is more elite than Wilson, except perhaps Tom Brady. If it’s based on Pro Bowls, what number of signal-callers not less than a decade into his profession can say he’s been elected to the Pro Bowl 90% of the time he’s played within the NFL? 

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Rings? Check. Statistical production? Let’s speak about that. 

Amongst energetic quarterbacks since 2012, when Wilson entered the league as a Seattle third-round draft pick, he ranks within the top-10 in touchdown passes (292—2nd), completions (3,079—4th), passing yards (37,059—4th), passer rating (101.8—4th), and completion percentage (65.0—ninth). He became the one player in NFL history to throw for 35,000 yards and rush for 4,500 yards over his first 10 years within the league.

In seven of his 10 NFL season, Wilson has posted a passer rating of not less than 100. He’s also considered one of just 4 QBs in NFL history to post a profession passer rating of greater than 100 (101.8). The one other quarterbacks to do it are Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Aaron Rodgers.

How about reliability from a health standpoint? Wilson has began a complete of 174-of-177 games. For those, like me, who don’t math well, he’s only missed three profession starts, they usually all got here last 12 months with that Mallet finger. 

Perhaps it’s postseason cache that measures an ‘elite’ QB. If that’s the case, let’s marvel at Wilson’s whopping 16 postseason starts over eight seasons, where he tossed 25 touchdowns with 12 interceptions and posted a passer rating of 95.3 while completing 275-of-451 passes (61.0%) for 3,786 yards. 

Yeah, the Broncos knew what they were investing in. Wilson oozes cache, clout, and bonafides. 

The truth is, Wilson is likely to be the safest investment within the history of professional football. 

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