Broncos to release Russell Wilson after 2 seasons

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The Denver Broncos will launch Russell Wilson as soon as free company formally opens this month, the group stated in a press release Monday.

“We spoke with Russell Wilson immediately to tell of his launch after the beginning of the league 12 months,” basic supervisor George Paton and head coach Sean Payton stated in joint assertion. “On behalf of the Broncos, we thank Russell for his contributions and dedication to our group and group whereas wishing him the very best as he continues his profession.”

“As we transfer ahead, we’re targeted on constructing the strongest group doable for the 2024 season and past. We’re excited to enhance this offseason and could have the pliability to get higher by means of the draft and free company.”


Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson throws the ball within the second quarter towards the Cleveland Browns at Empower Area at Mile Excessive in Denver on Nov. 26, 2023. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports activities)

The Broncos stated Wilson will formally be minimize as soon as the brand new league 12 months begins on March 13.

Wilson thanked Broncos followers and his teammates for his or her assist in a separate assertion.

“Over these final two years, you’ve got welcomed my household and me with open arms and have embraced us as members of the Denver group,” he stated. “This metropolis will all the time maintain a particular place in my coronary heart. Our household grew right here, we made numerous recollections and friendships, and fashioned relationships that can final a lifetime.”

He ended his assertion, saying, “Powerful occasions don’t final, however powerful individuals do.

“God’s acquired me. I’m excited for what’s subsequent.”

The Broncos acquired Wilson in a blockbuster commerce from the Seattle Seahawks earlier than the beginning of the 2022 season. Denver gave up a number of draft picks together with Noah Fant, Shelby Harris and Drew Lock within the deal.

Wilson was set to be the quarterback with new head coach Nathaniel Hackett. Nevertheless, the Broncos stumbled out of the gate and completed 5-12.


Russell Wilson vs Patriots

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson comes off the sector after shedding to the New England Patriots at Empower Area at Mile Excessive in Denver on Dec. 24, 2023. (Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/Denver Submit through Getty Pictures)

The Broncos employed Payton to exchange Hackett after the 2022 season, however Wilson finally misplaced his job to Jarrett Stidham regardless of having a vital win over the eventual Tremendous Bowl champion Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.

Wilson performed in 15 video games throughout the 2023 season. He had 3,070 passing yards, 26 landing passes and eight interceptions.

He stated in a current episode of the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast that he wanted to stay with the Broncos.

“I’ve acquired extra fireplace than ever, actually, particularly over the previous two years and what I’ve gone by means of,” the 35-year-old Tremendous Bowl champion stated. “Whether or not it is in Denver or some other place. I hope it is in Denver. I hope I get to complete there. I dedicated there. I wish to be there.”

He added that he needed to win no less than two extra Tremendous Bowls within the subsequent 5 years.

“For me, it is about profitable. Within the subsequent 5 years, I wish to win two,” Wilson stated. “I wish to really feel the coolness of that trophy once more. I really like the town and the whole lot else, however you additionally wish to be in a spot that loves you, too. I wish to win, that is all I care about.”

The Tremendous Bowl champion quarterback will probably be free to discover a new group within the offseason.

Russell Wilson tosses the pigskin

Russell Wilson (Dustin Bradford/Getty Pictures)


Denver completed 8-9 in 2023 and now should look to see who is likely to be the very best match for the Payton-led offense.

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