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Where does Russell Wilson’s $265 million contract with Denver rank among the richest contracts in NFL history?

Russell Wilson hasn’t played a snap for the Denver Broncos since he was traded for, but his new franchise wanted to lock him down for the long term future.

Russell Wilson hasn't played a snap for the Denver Broncos since he was traded for, but his new franchise wanted to lock him down for the long term future.
Dustin BradfordAFP

Russell Wilson is not just breathing Mile High air after an offseason change of scenery from Seattle to Denver. Wilson now has a Mile High bank account after agreeing to a contract extension with the Broncos.

Future looks bright for Wilson and Broncos

Signing the Super Bowl XLVIII champion was priority number one for the Broncos management as soon as the deal went down earlier this offseason. The Broncos got their man long term, and Wilson got one of the richest deals in NFL history.

Wilson had two years remaining on the contract that he signed with the Seahawks, but the five year extension will keep him in Denver until 2028. The deal is worth $245 million dollars with a guaranteed $165 million. The nine-time Pro Bowler will make an average of $49 million dollars a year with the extension. Before that deal kicks in, he will make $24 million this year, and $27 million next year.

Watson has $230 million guaranteed

The contract puts him around the top of almost every statistical category possible when it comes to NFL contracts. Quarterbacks are the best payed players in the game, because of how important the position is to a team.

When it comes to total guaranteed money, Wilson sits only behind Cleveland’s suspended quarterback Deshaun Watson and Arizona gun slinger Kyler Murray. After Wilson there is four time MVP Aaron Rodgers, and leading MVP candidate for this year, according to the sports books, Josh Allen.

Highest total guaranteed contracts:

1) (CLE) Deshaun Watson, $230 million

2) (ARI) Kyler Murray, $189.5 million

3) (DEN) Russell Wilson, $165 million

4) (GB) Aaron Rodgers, $150.6 million

5) (BUF) Josh Allen, $150 million

In the NFL average salaries are calculated by three-year APYs. When it comes to average salary Wilson is right up there with the top QBs in the league. Aaron Rodgers, who restructured his deal in March after almost leaving the Green Bay Packers last offseason is the highest average earner in the league. Russell Wilson sits right behind him after signing his mega-deal with the Broncos. Murray got paid the big bucks as well this offseason, and sits third on the average list. Deshaun Watson’s average salary is just pennies less than the Cards quarterback. And Kansas City signal caller Patrick Mahomes rounds out the list of top average earners in the league.

Highest three year APY average salary:

1) (GB) Aaron Rodgers, $50.2 million

2) (DEN) Russell Wilson, $49 million

3) (ARI) Kyler Murray, $46.1 million

4) (CLE) Deshaun Watson, $46 million

5) (KC) Patrick Mahomes, $45 million