Denver Broncos Release Quarterback Russell Wilson After Two Seasons

Quarterback Russell Wilson of the Denver Broncos during a game against the New England Patriots in Denver, Colo.

The Denver Broncos announced they will release quarterback Russell Wilson after two seasons with the team. Wilson, 35, was acquired in a 2022 trade from the Seattle Seahawks and signed to a five-year, $245 million extension.

Despite high expectations, Wilson's tenure with the Broncos was disappointing, with the team posting a 13-21 record during his time. Last season, Wilson completed 66.4% of his passes for 3,070 yards, with 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

The timing of the release allows the Broncos to avoid paying a $37 million guarantee in 2025. They are still obligated to pay Wilson $39 million for the 2024 season. By designating him as a post-June 1 release, the team can spread the payout over multiple seasons to lessen the impact on the salary cap.

Wilson began his NFL career with the Seahawks in 2012, tying Peyton Manning's rookie record for most touchdown passes in a single season. He was voted the league's Rookie of the Year.

Wilson expressed gratitude to Broncos fans in a statement, saying he is excited for what's next in his career. 

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