Release Of Russell Wilson by Broncos After Disappointing Stint

Release Of Russell Wilson by Broncos After Disappointing Stint

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March 5th, 2024

The Russell Wilson era in Denver is over after just two seasons. The Broncos announced on Monday that they will release Russell Wilson after the new league year begins on March 13th.

Release of Russell Wilson by Broncos After Two Seasons 

This move comes after a tumultuous two-year tenure for Wilson in Denver. Acquired in a blockbuster trade from Seattle in 2022, Wilson was expected to be the missing piece for a Super Bowl run. However, the results were far from ideal, with the Broncos going just 11-19 during his time there.

The decision to release Russell Wilson wasn't easy for the Broncos. They will face a significant dead cap hit of $85 million over the next two years, the largest in NFL history. However, this move also frees up crucial salary cap space, allowing the team to move forward without Wilson on the roster.

Wilson's release is surprising, especially considering his recent comments expressing his desire to remain in Denver. However, with the team struggling and Wilson showing signs of regression, the Broncos ultimately decided on a different direction.

This development opens up a new chapter for Russell Wilson, a 35-year-old quarterback with a proven track record despite his recent struggles in Denver. He still has several years left in the NFL and is likely to receive significant interest from other teams. Whether he can recapture his past form and lead another team to contention remains to be seen, but his release from Denver marks a turning point in his storied career.

Moving Forward After The Release

Wilson thanked the city of Denver in a statement but did not mention the Broncos' GM or coach. Notably, the Broncos benched Wilson for the final two games of the 2023 season. Russell Wilson release will free up $39 million in cap space but avoid a $37 million guaranteed trigger for 2025. The Broncos now have the 12th overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, which they could use to draft a young quarterback.

The coming weeks and months will reveal how Russell Wilson's release unfolds. Will he find a new team and rediscover his past form? Only time will tell.

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