Russell Wilson seemingly addressed the news of his benching and likely end to his tenure with the Broncos with a post on X Wednesday night.
It’s been a truly eventful day for the veteran quarterback after ESPN first reported that Denver was handing the starting job to Jarrett Stidham.
The Athletic later reported that the Broncos planned to fire Wilson in March to end what has been a disappointing marriage.
Amid all this, Wilson hadn’t been heard from until late Wednesday night when he finally broke the silence in a cryptic message on X.
“God got me. I eagerly await follow-up. » Wilson simply wrote.
The situation between Wilson and the Broncos appeared to deteriorate quickly, but beneath the surface, Wilson reportedly knew for months that they were planning to move on from him.
According to The Athletic, the Broncos contacted a representative for Wilson on Oct. 29 that the signal-caller would lose his starting role and be made inactive for the remainder of the year if he did not reschedule a trigger date. of the injury guarantee it has for 2025.
In the Broncos locker room Wednesday, the news seemed to surprise some players, including receiver Jerry Jeudy.
“I’m quite surprised. He told us out of nowhere, so yeah, I was quite surprised,” Jeudy told reporters. “Having Russ (as) our starting quarterback all year and then the last two games being a change. I think it was a surprise for everyone in the locker room.
The financial implications — Wilson would have guaranteed $37 million in 2025 if he were injured and couldn’t pass a physical — have been difficult to avoid in the entire situation, despite the best efforts of head coach Sean Payton, who told reporters the decision was based on the team “desperately trying to win.”
Wilson spent two seasons in Denver following a 2022 trade with the Seahawks.
During that span, Wilson started 30 games and accounted for 6,594 yards, 42 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.
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