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Broncos to cut Russell Wilson, take on $85M dead money hit

Russell Wilson

Only two seasons remain in the Russell Wilson era in Denver. Monday, March 13, marks the start of the new league year, and the veteran quarterback will be released, the Broncos announced. “All of us appreciate Russell Wilson for his help and commitment to our club with society as part of the Bronco with hope them the greatest of luck as he pursues his career,” general manager George Paton and coach Sean Payton said in a joint statement. Building the best team we can for the 2024 season and beyond is our main goal as we go forward. In addition to having the freedom to get better through the draft and free agency, we are eager to improve this offseason.”

The news was initially reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network Insider. In a lengthy statement, Russell Wilson expressed gratitude to the people of Denver and said he was “excited for what’s next.” Interestingly, the quarterback made no mention of the Broncos coach or general manager. Russell Wilson wrote, in part, “Tough people last, not tough times.” Denver will lose $39 million by cutting ties with the highly compensated signal-caller, but they will also escape a guaranteed $37 million trigger for the 2025 season that was set to expire this month. However, by releasing Russell Wilson , the Broncos will incur the highest dead cap charge in NFL history—$85 million—over the course of the next two years.

Despite his recent denials, Russell Wilson future was clearly written in Denver;

Only last week, he expressed optimism about it on the I Am Athlete podcast. Russell Wilson was benched in favor of Jarrett Stidham with two weeks remaining in the 2023 season, and the Broncos were still in the running for the playoffs. At the time, the justification was obviously financial. By giving Russell Wilson little to play for, Denver was able to move on from Russell Wilson without having to pay out the hefty ’25 guarantee and prevent the quarterback from suffering a serious injury. Payton had not publicly stated that he was going to move on from Russell Wilson as recently as last week.

The plan to cut Russell Wilson out of Denver’s future and free the team of an unhappy union finally materialized on Monday. In the 2022 offseason, Russell Wilson made a sensational deal from Seattle to Denver. The Broncos signed the Super Bowl winner to a five-year, $242.6 million contract after trading three players and five draft picks, including two first-round selections, to the Seahawks. Paton and new head coach Nathaniel Hackett will use him as the team’s face. The outcome was disastrous. Under Hackett, who was fired following a 4-11 start to his first season in Denver. Russell Wilson experienced his worst season as a pro.

Wilson made a slight improvement after the seasoned Payton

Was brought in to turn things around, which led to his benching and impending departure. Russell Wilson was the starting quarterback for the Broncos for 30 games. Finishing with a record of 11-19 while completing 63.3% of his throws for 6,594 yards. And tossing 42 touchdown passes against 19 interceptions. With  Wilson at quarterback, Denver had one of the worst attacks overall. Averaging just 18.9 points per game (ranked 26th) and 311.7 yards per game (ranked 27th) since 2022.

The Broncos will proceed with Stidham, Ben DiNucci, and their five career starts. At quarterback in the wake of  Wilson imminent departure. A highly regarded quarterbacks candidate may be selected by Denver with the 12th overall choice in the 2024 NFL Draft. In his 13th NFL season, 35-year-old Wilson is about to begin. In spite of his lackluster performance in Denver, the nine-time Pro Bowler still has. The second-best passer rating (100.0) in the Super Bowl era and is the only player in NFL history. To have at least 5,000 rushing yards and 40,000 passing yards. Wilson still believes he can contribute in the professional ranks, as seen by his most recent remarks. In Denver, he just won’t be doing that.

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