Russell Wilson’s time with the Denver Broncos seems to be coming to an end. Multiple league sources have confirmed that the Broncos will bench the quarterback for their final two games and start Jarrett Stidham. The Broncos, with a record of 7-8, will host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday and visit the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 18, with Wilson as the No. 2 quarterback.
According to The Athletic’s Dianna Russini, Wilson expects to be cut in March. This comes just two years after the Broncos traded a significant amount to Seattle for the nine-time Pro Bowler quarterback. Despite a solid season under head coach Sean Payton, Wilson’s contract, including a guaranteed $39 million for 2024, has become a major issue.
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Should the Broncos cut him, there are four potential suitors in mind for Wilson in 2024: the Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, and Washington Commanders. While their interest and need will vary, his age and contract will remain significant factors for consideration.
Las Vegas Raiders
Why Wilson might be a fit: The Raiders could consider Wilson if he is released, although they have a need to move on from their current expensive backup quarterback. Wilson’s experience and statistics make him a viable starting-caliber quarterback should the Raiders fail to acquire a future star through the draft.
Why he might not: The Raiders are in dire need of drafting their quarterback of the future and may not be interested in signing an aging veteran quarterback like Wilson.
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Why Wilson might be a fit: The Vikings’ uncertain quarterback situation for 2024 could open the door for Wilson, but his asking price may present a challenge for the team.
Why he might not: Wilson’s age and potential contract demands could make him an unrealistic option for the Vikings.
New England Patriots
Why Wilson might be a fit: Wilson could be an option for the Patriots if they need a quarterback after Mac Jones. Bill Belichick’s interest in Wilson could play a part in this decision.
Why he might not: If the Patriots secure a top-two pick in the draft, they may opt for a younger quarterback on a rookie contract rather than signing an older player like Wilson.
Why Wilson might be a fit: Washington’s continuous search for a viable quarterback could lead them to consider Wilson as a quick turnaround option, provided his salary demands are reasonable.
Why he might not: Given the team’s past dealings and current situation, it seems unlikely that Washington would be interested in pursuing Wilson for their quarterback position.
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