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AFC North news: Steelers improving their roster thanks to Russell Wilson’s modest contract

Quarterback Russell Wilson will cost the Pittsburgh Steelers the veteran minimum of $1.2 million next season, leaving room for the team to sign Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Queen to a $41 million deal this week.

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Wilson isn’t short on cash, however, because the Denver Broncos are still required to pay him $39 million in 2024 as part of the $242 million contract he signed two years ago.

The Steelers’ other quarterback, Kenny Pickett, also comes with a very low price tag because he’s still on his rookie contract. His salary is $1.98 million with a cap number of $3.8 million.

Spending so little at quarterback has freed up Pittsburgh to splurge elsewhere. In addition to signing Queen, the Steelers have shipped wide receiver Diontae Johnson to the Carolina Panthers for defensive back Donte Jackson and re-signed safety Miles Killebrew to a two-year, $6.5 million deal.

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The Steelers are rebuilding meticulously and frugally. The Ravens split the season series with Pittsburgh last season and, after their rivals’ additions this offseason, should expect very competitive matchups with them this fall. Wilson and the Steelers may make a deep playoff run in 2024 if they continue building on this success throughout the offseason.

Story originally appeared on Ravens Wire