CASPER, Wyo. — Casper native and former linebacker for the University of Wyoming Cowboys football team has signed a four year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals announced on Tuesday, July 21 that they had signed four of their seven draft picks, including Wilson.
“Wilson (6-2, 241), a third-round pick, spent the last five seasons (2015-19) at the University of Wyoming, with a redshirt year in ’15,” the Bengals said. “He started all 52 possible games during his career, and totaled 421 tackles, including 35 for losses and seven sacks, along with 17 pass breakups, 10 INTs (two pick-sixes), four FFs and four FRs (two returned for TDs).”
“He had 17 career games with double-digit tackles, and three seasons of at least 100 tackles.”
Wilson’s four year deal with the Bengals totals $4,945,592, according to Over The Cap, who track National Football League player salaries.
Prior to the draft, the Denver Broncos indicated an interest in signing Wilson.
“Wilson, a three-time team captain, could fit the mold of the players the Broncos have selected over the last two drafts,” Aric DiLalla, lead writer for the Denver Broncos, wrote on Tuesday, Jan. 21. “[John] Elway and Co. have seemingly favored seasoned players with a history of leadership.”
Wilson was named “First Team All-American” by Pro Football Focus for his accomplishments on the gridiron during his last season with the Cowboys, according to University of Wyoming Athletics.
“He is the first All-America honoree for Wyoming since Chase Roullier was named to the Second Team in 2016,” UW adds.
Wilson was also named “Second Team All-American” by USA Today and “Third Team All-American” by the Associated Press.
In addition, the linebacker was one of six finalists for the 2019 Butkus Award.
Wilson majored in Kinesiology and Health Promotion while at UW. He grew up in Casper, playing high school football for the Natrona County High School Mustangs.