This offseason, the Broncos signed Russell Wilson to a five-year contract worth $243 million ($161 million guaranteed). 

This has proven to be a very, very bad idea. 

Not only are the Broncos at the bottom of their division and out of playoff contention, but fans are literally counting down the days until head coach Nathanial Hackett is fired. During last week’s loss, Russ’s own teammate Mike Purcell even gave him an earful.

But the real tragedy here isn’t the Broncos lost season so much as all the wonderful things they could have bought with $243 million instead of Russell Wilson.

For starters, at just $3.5 million in salary this season, they could have had 69.42 Geno Smiths on their roster. That’s a lot of Geno Smiths. But if they still wanted more quarterbacks, they could have signed 97.2 Colt McCoys ($2.5 million in annual salary).

But who wants to spend money on more quarterbacks? That’s what got us into this mess. Let’s expand the scope. 

If you’re feeling hungry, there’s a wagyu burger in Japan that cost about $1,000. How would you like to eat 243,000 of them? That’s one luxury burger every week for 4600 years, which is only 4599 more than it would take to kill you.

The most expensive new car in the world is the Rolls Royce Boat Tail at $28 million. The Broncos could have bought eight of them — one for each loss they’ve had this disappointing season. 

If you’re looking for a more traditional status symbol, you could get the house they featured in the Beverly Hillbillies for a cool $200 million. The great news is you’d still have enough left over to buy 17 Colt McCoys!

That’s all to say, there are so many amazing ways to spend $243 million, and it would appear none of them are on a contract for Russell Wilson to be your quarterback. 

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