The Denver Broncos sent some serious shockwaves into the rest of the NFL by trading for Russell Wilson this offseason. Denver has been searching for its franchise quarterback for several years. Now, they have one of the best in the league on the roster.
The immediate impact of Wilson landing with the Broncos is them immediately becoming legitimate threats in the AFC. The AFC West is expected to be an absolute gauntlet in 2022. However, having an elite quarterback is sometimes all you need to stay afloat. Wilson is undoubtedly good enough to go head to head with Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, and Derek Carr.
On the other hand, the long-term impact of Wilson landing in Denver is just as significant.
Russell Wilson wants to play for another decade-plus
Speaking with the Denver media for the first time since being traded from the Seattle Seahawks to the Broncos, Wilson revealed some lofty expectations he’s attaching to this second stage of his NFL career. He wants to play for another 10 to 12 years and win another 3 to 4 Super Bowls.
“My goal is to play 10 or 12 more years and hopefully win three or four more Super Bowls. That’s the plan,” Wilson said via Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith. “That’s the mindset. That’s why I came here, to finish my career here and hopefully finish on top as a champion. And do it multiple times.”
Wilson isn’t leaving much up to interpretation here. He plans to build an absolute dynasty with the Broncos over the next decade or so.
Russell Wilson can realistically play into his mid-40s
At first glance, it seems ridiculous for a veteran quarterback like Wilson to claim he will be in the NFL for another decade. However, as we’re currently seeing with Tom Brady, the quarterback position is quickly becoming an ageless position in the NFL.
There will always be a place for elite athletes like Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen. However, there will equally be a place for QBs who are accuracy assassins — QBs who can pick apart defenses with their mind instead of their athleticism.
Wilson has long used his legs to win football games. However, his arm is still one of the best in the NFL. It’s reasonable to assume he’ll still be throwing a pretty deep ball at 40, 41, and even 45. Additionally, Wilson is famous around the league for the amount of money he pours into his body during the offseason. He’s in exceptional physical condition for someone his age.
Can the Broncos consistently field a winner for a full decade?
The Broncos shouldn’t worry about Wilson or his age. They’ve done the hard part and acquired the franchise quarterback. They can relax a bit now.
The tricky part for Denver is making sure it constantly surrounds Wilson with a winning roster for the next 10 to 12 years. The franchise did a good job surrounding Peyton Manning with elite talent in the 2010s. It needs to do the same for Russ for the duration of his Broncos career.
If the Broncos can do that, who’s to say Wilson can’t lead them to a Super Bowl? Or two?