Sep 15, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) gestures at the line of scrimmage against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Seahawks won 28-26. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson has a new home, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a new quarterback, the Denver Broncos are paying for it all, and the NFL world is trying to make sense of the situation.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Sunday night that the nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback will sign a “team-friendly” one-year deal with the Steelers. The Broncos will reportedly pay $38 million of that salary, with the Steelers picking up $1.5 million.

In a move that surprised no one, the Broncos informed Wilson last week they planned to release him after the start of the new league year on March 13, ending a troubled and controversial two-year run for the veteran QB in Denver.

As fate would have it, the Steelers and Broncos were already scheduled to play a game in Denver next season, which should make things interesting.

Wilson confirmed the report in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

Schefter reported that Wilson had a lengthy meeting Friday in Pittsburgh with Steelers representatives, including head coach Mike Tomlin and new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.

Wilson is expected to compete with third-year quarterback Kenny Pickett for the starting spot, according to Schefter. But it’s hard to believe the Steelers, who have struggled offensively in recent years, would bring in a player like Wilson and not start him.

The news rocked the NFL world.

[Adam Schefter, ESPN]

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