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Report: Steelers envision Russell Wilson, not Justin Fields, as long-term answer at QB

Before you get too excited about the Pittsburgh Steelers having their future franchise quarterback in Justin Fields, hold your horses.

If you can believe a word from Gerry Dulac, the Pittsburgh Steelers intend to extend quarterback Russell Wilson through the 2024 season.

“Russell Wilson signed a one-year contract with the Steelers for the vet minimum because the Broncos were paying him $39 million in 2024. But Wilson and the Steelers intend to do a longer deal at the end of the season, per sources,” Steelers insider Gerry Dulac posted on X.

That’s a conundrum, given that Pittsburgh has just acquired Justin Fields in a trade. We all got the feeling that Wilson was merely a bridge QB.

Former Steelers Wire managing editor Neal Coolong predicts Fields will explore free agency in 2025, provided Wilson is “healthy and capable.”

The Steelers now own the fifth-year option rights to the former 11th-overall draft pick, which they must decide on by May 2. The cost to exercise that option is a cool $25.664 million, which Pittsburgh would be insane to do.

For now, though, Fields is playing on the final year of his rookie deal at a much more affordable rate of $3.233 million. The Steelers are likely to decline the option and perhaps offer a team-friendly extension if Wilson doesn’t work out and wants to test free agency.

The good thing is that the Steelers have options where things looked pretty bleak two weeks ago.

Story originally appeared on Steelers Wire