Even though Russell Wilson is ready to start his 11th NFL season, he doesn’t seem to be considering retiring any time soon.
In passing, Wilson discussed his future during a press conference on Thursday at the Broncos’ training camp. When questioned first about how his first season in Denver was going, he replied that his time in the NFL had made it easier for him to get used to a new team.
Then Wilson dropped this nugget: if everything goes according to plan, he hopes to extend his playing career by at least another ten years.
I still have a good 10 to 12 years to play, hopefully.
Wilson is currently 33 years old, therefore if he keeps working for another ten years, his desired retirement age would be 43. Only seven NFL quarterbacks have played beyond the age of 43, with Tom Brady being the most prominent.
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Wilson’s NFL career has been blessed with good health. Over the course of his first 10 seasons, he has started 158 of 161 possible regular-season games. He will have a chance to succeed if his good fortune holds up and he can keep himself safe while scurrying.
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It’s important to consider Wilson’s assertion’s timing. His reference to another ten years of competition comes soon after the NFL officially approved the transfer of the Broncos’ ownership to a group led by Walmart heir Rob Walton.
Walton, who has a net worth of $59.8 billion, is the richest person in the NFL. Wilson’s four-year, $140 million agreement with the Seahawks expires in two years, so his comment may have been an attempt to secure a second extension.
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Greg Penner, the CEO of the Denver Broncos, last week praised Wilson’s abilities and leadership but refrained from approaching him about a possible contract extension.
In this league, having a quality quarterback is essential, and Penner told ProFootballTalk that having Russell already in place when he joined the team was a huge advantage. “When Rob Walton, Carrie Walton Penner, and I came on our first diligence visit in May, Russell was one of the first people we encountered in the corridor.
We could immediately tell how inspiring he is to follow. He is simply such a vibrant person. I’m eager to watch him in action. Although I don’t know how much of him we will see on the field on Saturday, we are excited. Nothing to say about his contract at this time.
Now that Wilson has said that his career is not close to ending, perhaps their attitude will alter.
The Broncos deal is one of the most costly club sales in sports history, according to MORE.
If not, Wilson has two more seasons left on his current contract and doesn’t seem very concerned about getting a new one. His need to fit into the Broncos’ system is more urgent. He believes that has gone nicely.
It’s been a lot of fun, he remarked. “I feel incredible. I feel the strongest, fastest, and most assured I’ve ever felt. Fear not. Feel successful.
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