He does, however, put him in the next group.
"Would you put him there with the guys that can transcend their supporting cast? The [ Tom] Bradys, whether it's Aaron Rodgers, [Drew] Brees, [Ben] Roethlisberger, the ones that you would consider the two, three, four elite guys? No. But he's certainly played himself into that next tier," Pettine said Wednesday.
The Browns travel to Seattle on Sunday to play a team that has been carried by Wilson over the past four weeks. In those four games, Wilson has a passer rating of 145.9, with 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
"I don't worry about that," said Wilson when asked about Pettine's comments. "I think it comes down to winning games ... that's the only thing I care about."
"He plays at a high level, he's very productive and they win," Pettine said. "Now a lot of that I think is a function, too, is he's the perfect quarterback for what they do. To me it goes both ways. They've also built it around him."
Pettine also was asked to compare Wilson and his own quarterback, Johnny Manziel.
"I think the first [thing] is the experience level," Pettine said. "Wilson has been in the league longer and has been in the system longer and just has played more ... I don't know how many starts he has total compared to the five that Johnny has.
"You can certainly see the similarities. They've done a nice job up there kind of building the package around him. He's more of a runner than we see in Johnny. I'm talking about called quarterback runs. Do we have some zone read stuff and putting the QB on the move? We do that, but [Wilson's] I think thicker built and can withstand some of the shots in the run game more so than we would want to expose Johnny to.
"Johnny will get his rushing yards when the pocket breaks down and he has to get out. That's where Wilson's done a good job as well, when he's been forced to get out of the pocket he's a threat to scramble for the first down.
"But I think where his game has really taken off is his eyes are down the field more so now. He's made a lot of big plays with throws on the run."