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Report: Former Badgers QB Russell Wilson to be benched, cut by Broncos

The Broncos quarterback will likely have a new destination next season.

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In a stunning turn of events, the Denver Broncos are reportedly planning on cutting quarterback Russell Wilson at the end of the season, according to The Athletic’s Dianna Russini, a move that had been brewing for nearly two months.

Wilson, 35, is in his second season with the Broncos, and his first with head coach Sean Payton at the helm.

Having signed a five-year extension following the massive trade between the Seahawks and the Broncos, Wilson has $37 million guaranteed for injury in 2025 that vests on the fifth day of the league year in 2024, and benching the quarterback provides the Broncos with financial flexibility heading into the offseason.

Wilson, a former Wisconsin Badgers quarterback, has been through a tumultuous season, most recently highlighted with a tough loss to the reeling New England Patriots that dropped the Denver Broncos further down the playoff race with two weeks left.

Now, with Wilson benched, the Broncos will go to Jarrett Stidham as their quarterback for the likely last games of the season.

What’re your thoughts on the move?