How Rich Is NFL Star Russell Wilson?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Zalubowski/AP/Shutterstock (13702511no)Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in an NFL football game, in DenverChargers Broncos Football, Denver, United States - 08 Jan 2023.
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Russell Wilson, the quarterback of the Denver Broncos, trails only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers in highest annual average salary among NFL players at $48.5 million per season, according to Spotrac. Since the Seattle Seahawks selected Wilson in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Wilson has earned a whopping $238.4 million. The Broncos acquired Wilson in a trade with the Seahawks before the 2022 NFL season, giving up a boatload of draft picks and players for the nine-time Pro Bowl selection. Keep reading to learn more about Wilson’s career and net worth.

Russell Wilson Net Worth: $165 Million

In 2015, he signed a four-year contract extension for $87.6 million with a signing bonus of $31 million and a $60 million guarantee. In 2016, his base salary jumped to $12.34 million, then higher to $12.6 million in the next season, up to $15.5 million in 2018 and to $17 million in 2019. In 2019, however, things changed radically: He signed a four-year, $140 million contract extension with a massive $65 million signing bonus, considered the biggest deal in NFL history at the time. 

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Forbes ranked Wilson No. 46 on its 2022 list of the world’s highest-paid athletes, estimating he made $14 million that year in endorsements. He has sponsorship agreements with Alaska Airlines, Amazon, Bose, Fanatics, General Dynamics, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, Panini, Spin Master Corp. and Wilson Sporting Goods, Forbes reported.

His total net worth is now valued at $165 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Personal Life

Wilson has also made waves in his personal life, by dating and then marrying entertainer Ciara. They received media attention for taking a vow of celibacy until they married, which they did in July 2016 in England. The couple has since had two children together.

The Wilsons have shared their wealth generously, including a donation of 1 million meals to the Seattle-area food bank at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. For that and other philanthropic efforts, Wilson received the NFL’s highest off-field honor, Walter Payton Man of the Year, in 2020.

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Jordan Rosenfeld contributed to the reporting for this article.

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