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Die Rückkehr von Russell Wilson nach Denver könnte die beste Option sein

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Russell Wilson’s first two years in Denver were an understatement. „Turbulent“ might be a better word to describe Wilson’s time as a Bronco, but that doesn’t mean it should automatically come to an end just because there were a few bumps along the way. His first season was rough, and while his second season on the field improved, it wasn’t a total success due to perceived (or actual) friction between Wilson and Sean Payton. Nevertheless, another year together, learning from each other and growing with the team, could be the best move.

It certainly felt like Payton was anything but finished with Wilson when he benched him late in the season while Denver still had a shot at making the playoffs. That wasn’t the best look, and although Wilson is nowhere near his peak performance in Seattle, he has played much better this season. Of course, there’s talk out there that Payton wants to move on, and much of it revolves around Wilson’s hefty salary cap hit.

Beyond the contracts: who can the Broncos get that’s definitely better? The name of Justin Fields has been thrown around in trade scenarios for Denver. He’s obviously much younger and more athletic than Wilson, but there’s no guarantee he would take the team further. The Broncos were on the cusp of a playoff spot when Wilson was benched. Even if moving on from Wilson would nullify his deal, you need to ensure that the one you’re bringing in is capable of surpassing Wilson’s performance.

Wilson has improved in many areas compared to what we saw in the first year with the Broncos. He threw more touchdowns (26) and had a better QBR (50.8) and passer rating (98) than in his first season in Denver. Wilson passed fewer yards but also had fewer attempts and managed to complete more passes than the previous year. The statistics weren’t overwhelming, but they represented an improvement, and the team won three more games with Wilson on the field.

For the 2024 campaign, Wilson’s cap hit is $35.4 million with a total dead cap number of $85 million. So the Broncos could try to find a desperate team/desperate coach who believes they can „rehabilitate“ Wilson’s career, or they can tough it out for another season and see how things play out. It’s not that there hasn’t been improvement after Payton’s arrival. Despite their similar stature, Wilson isn’t Drew Brees. Payton knew who he was inheriting and under what circumstances he was taking the job.

The Broncos can always draft a quarterback, but again, there are no guarantees. Unless you can land one of the top prospects, and even then, the draft is a crapshoot. Wilson was once a third-round pick that no one expected anything from, but he was placed in the right system with the right coaching staff and the right team ready to win. The Seahawks could be patient and bring him along slowly, even as he became a rookie starter.

Ultimately, it seems Denver/Payton are destined to move on from Wilson, but before they do, they should explore all options. One wrong move here and it’s too easy to end up in the NFL cellar winning four or five games. Wilson may no longer be a top-5 QB, but he’s still a better option than many others available to the Broncos.

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