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Will Russell Wilson Sign With The Steelers? — Top Landing Spots For The Veteran QB

Jack takes a look at the most likely landing spots for Russell Wilson now that he has officially been released by the Broncos.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 12: Russell Wilson #3 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass during the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on September 12, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, the Denver Broncos officially announced that they would be releasing quarterback Russell Wilson. As Wilson will become a free agent for the first time in his career, let’s explore some potential destinations where the experienced quarterback could land.

Top Landing Spots For Russell Wilson

Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are currently in a difficult position, as their quarterback Kirk Cousins is set to become a free agent and also recovering from a torn Achilles. Additionally, with the 11th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, they may not be in range to select one of the top quarterback prospects.

Therefore, signing Russell Wilson could be a viable option for the Vikings as it would enable them to continue competing for the NFC North title. Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell has been able to create a highly productive offense, and it is possible that he could replicate this success with Wilson at the helm.

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Atlanta Falcons

Some recent rumors suggest that the Falcons are the most likely team to sign Russell Wilson. It’s no secret that the team needs an upgrade at the quarterback position, and they have some talented players on their roster. However, they have an important decision to make.

Currently, the Falcons hold the eighth overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, which puts them in a borderline position to take a top quarterback prospect. They could either choose to trade up to secure their preferred quarterback and allow him to grow with the team’s young playmakers, or they could go with a veteran like Russell Wilson. The Falcons have also been heavily linked to both Cousins and Justin Fields, so even if they choose not to draft a QB they may go another direction than Wilson.

Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders have a talented roster, but their quarterback play held them back last season. They have announced that they will be parting ways with Jimmy Garoppolo, and as a result, they are in the market for a new starting quarterback. With just the 13th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, they may opt to sign a veteran quarterback. The Raiders have had a good look at Wilson as he was a division rival, and it’s possible that they saw something they liked and believe that he could be the solution to their quarterback woes.

New England Patriots

The Patriots are headed into a new era with Jerod Mayo set to replace legendary head coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots’ roster has a lot of holes but they are set to pick third overall in this Spring’s NFL Draft and have the third most available salary cap space, so there is potential for a quick turnaround in New England.

They will have to decide if they want to draft a quarterback or would rather pay a veteran like Wilson. If they do opt to sign Wilson, it will likely be on a cheap deal allowing them to use their salary cap space to improve the roster in other places.

Pittsburgh Steelers

One of the most interesting possible landing spots for Wilson is the Steelers. While former first-round pick Kenny Pickett is still on the roster, the Steelers do not appear to be committed to him long-term. With the team set to pick 20th overall in the Draft, they are definitely out of range of a top quarterback prospect barring a significant trade-up. The Steelers already have a strong group of playmakers on both sides of the ball, and Wilson could be the veteran presence under center that the team needs to continue to compete for the AFC North title.