According to ESPN’s lead NFL analyst Adam Schefter, the Denver Broncos are indeed benching quarterback Russell Wilson for backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Schefter states that head coach Sean Payton informed the team about this move earlier this morning and that it is now official.
Change in Denver: Broncos’ HC Sean Payton has informed his team that Jarrett Stidham will start Sunday vs. the Chargers, with Russell Wilson as the backup, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 27, 2023
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They are doing this to preserve financial flexibility this offseason since a serious injury could automatically guarantee Wilson’s upcoming option. Wilson has a $39 million guarantee for next season but another $37 million in guaranteed payout through 2025 if he is still on the team on March 17th. Benching him now avoids Wilson suffering a major injury that would automatically guarantee the option and keep him on the Broncos through the 2025 season. If the Broncos do end up parting ways with Wilson this offseason, which appears likely, they will have to eat the $39 million the Broncos owe Wilson in 2024.
With this move happening and Wilson now benched, it appears that the Broncos will indeed decline Wilson’s upcoming option and release the veteran quarterback. Sean Payton and the Broncos will be in the market for a new starting quarterback this offseason.
NFL Network’s Tom Peliserro is reporting the Broncos still plan to dress Wilson for this Sunday’s game against the LA Chargers and that he will serve as the number two quarterback behind Jarrett Stidham.
We will have more on this developing story soon.
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