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Russell Wilson visiting Steelers ahead of free agency

The Russell Wilson free agency tour is underway.

Wilson was spotted this morning at Newark Liberty International Airport catching a flight to Pittsburgh to visit the Steelers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday.

Wilson won't officially be released by the Denver Broncos until the new league year opens on Wednesday, but the club has permitted him to visit prospective teams.

After 10 years in Seattle, the nine-time Pro Bowler was traded to Denver in 2022. His first season went horrifically, and while he improved in Year 2 in the Mile High City -- including 26 touchdown passes to eight interceptions -- Sean Payton and Co. decided to move on.

The Steelers offer an intriguing fit. They have a solid roster with good weapons, a growing offensive line, a stellar defense and a great head coach. Pittsburgh's continued ability to be competitive despite sub-par quarterback play speaks to Mike Tomlin's operation. Wilson's skill set, mobility and experience could fit well with new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.

Pittsburgh has repeatedly supported former first-round pick Kenny Pickett, with general manager Omar Khan recently saying he has "full faith" in the quarterback but noting the club was open to competition at the position. Could that competition be Wilson? Would Wilson want to go to a club with a first-round presence at the position when less competitive jobs might become available?

The Steelers have also said they'd like to bring back Mason Rudolph, who leapfrogged Pickett as the starter to close the season. Bringing in Wilson could signal to Rudolph that the club is prepared to move in another direction if they can't come to terms.

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