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Denver Broncos: Russell Wilson era over in Denver?

It appears that Russell Wilson’s time as the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback is over as the Broncos will start Jarrett Stidham will start the final two games of the season for the Broncos. Despite the Broncos having an 8% chance at making the playoffs they’re making a move for the future. Wilson is owed $37 million which becomes fully guaranteed in March which means should Wilson get injured they wouldn’t be able to dump him without paying the money.

The Broncos will be on the hook for $35.4 Million in dead cap money in 2024 and $49.6 Million in Dead cap in 2025 should they decide to cut Russell Wilson. Whether they decide to keep Wilson or move him it will hamstring the Denver Broncos for two seasons while they pay for all of his contract.

The writing was on the wall once Sean Payton took the head coaching job that him and Wilson wouldn’t be tied together unless Payton chose to keep Wilson. If the season ended today the Denver Broncos would have the fourteenth pick in the draft where they could select a quarterback like Bo Nix, Michael Penix Jr, or JJ McCarthy unless they chose to trade up to land one of the higher touted quarterbacks like a Drake Maye or Jayden Daniels.

Denver Broncos: Wilson trade will go down as monumental flop

The Denver Broncos chose to acquire Wilson in hopes of competing with the Chiefs, Raiders, and Chargers for AFC West championships instead, they’ll miss the playoffs again. The Denver Bronco’s gave up significant capital to acquire the former Super Bowl winner trading Shelby Harris, Drew Lock, Noah Fant, two first round picks that became Charles Cross and Devon Witherspoon, two second round picks that became Boye Mafe and Derrick Hall, and a fifth-round pick that became Tyreke Smith. During Wilson’s tenure the Denver Broncos went 11-19 far below the lofty expectations when they traded for Wilson.