Steelers are now the favorites to land 9-time Pro Bowl quarterback

Russell Wilson in the Black and Gold? What?

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One of the biggest topics of conversation this offseason for the Steelers has surrounded Kenny Pickett and the decision regarding his future that the team will ultimately need to make. Typically, because he's only entering his third NFL season, this wouldn't be a debate at this point in a quarterback's career.

But his underwhelming start and his questionable reliability put him on the front page of trade rumors as free agency nears.

With that decision still looming, there has been a lot of talk about who Pittsburgh could replace him with next season. Since they are likely out of contention to draft one of the top talents of the class this year unless they trade up, the assumption has been they'll focus on signing a free agent, which is headlined by the likes of Kirk Cousins, Baker Mayfield, and Ryan Tannehill.

Although none seem all that appealing, given what they have all accomplished in their careers thus far, it may be their best choice to remain afloat for the season ahead. But some new reports seem to eliminate a few of the top names from leaving their current team, which brings us to a new player who is being connected to the Steelers.

Who might that be? Russell Wilson.

The Steelers are the betting favorites to land the former Seahawks quarterback

Perhaps that's not a thrilling name either, especially since he's mostly been a flop during his tenure with the Broncos. However, he would instantly be the best player available if he is cut or put on the trade block, which is looking more and more likely based on what head coach Sean Payton continues to say to the media.

If Denver decides to move on from him in one way or another, the Steelers are now the betting favorites to sign him, according to DraftKings.

Adam Schefter mentioned the team's possible interest in Wilson during an appearance on the Pat McAfee show last week, which makes it seem like there may be some buzz in NFL circles regarding their interest.

Wilson would certainly be an interesting addition if that's the route the Steelers take. He was once considered a top quarterback in the league and even dominantly won a Super Bowl over the Peyton Manning-led Broncos in 2013.

The problem is that he appears far and away from that player, at least in Denver. It's clear his time there is not going according to plan for anyone involved, so a fresh start may be the best way to go, and it's possible Pittsburgh would be a great place for him to do that.

Mike Tomlin is a great coach, and they have a dominant defense. Wilson could provide them some stability on offense, and even if he's not the future of the franchise, he could possibly make them a contender as soon as next season.