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Sollten Broncos-Fans Vertrauen in das Front Office von Denver haben?

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Nathaniel Hackett has turned out to be exactly who we thought he was, and the last time Head Coach Sean Payton won a ring was back in the sports world a month before crossing paths with Brad Stevens and the Butler Bulldogs. The mistakes of the Denver Broncos are glaring, Russell Wilson’s shoulders are bearing a cowardly burden.

In a time when all NFL talk should be focused solely on the upcoming draft, the Broncos have inserted themselves into the conversation by announcing the release of Wilson and taking on the largest dead-money hit in league history – $85 million.

„We spoke with Russell Wilson [Monday] to inform him of his release after the start of the league year [March 13, 4 p.m. ET],“ Payton and GM George Paton said in a joint statement. „On behalf of the Broncos, we thank Russell for his contributions and dedication to our team and community, and wish him the best in his continued career. Moving forward, we are focused on building the best possible team for the 2024 season and beyond. We look forward to improving this offseason and will have the flexibility to get even better through the draft and free agency.“

In 2022, Wilson signed a five-year contract extension with Denver worth $242.5 million. Wilson had guarantees totaling $161 million, with $124 million guaranteed at signing. He walks away with a lot of money, hoping to find a new home elsewhere. However, the franchise’s decision to go all-in against the Super Bowl champion and nine-time Pro Bowler has backfired.

According to Sports News, they gave up a hefty package to acquire him from the Seattle Seahawks:

  • QB Drew Lock
  • DT Shelby Harris
  • TE Noah Fant
  • 2022 First-round pick (OT Charles Cross, Mississippi State)
  • 2022 Second-round pick (OLB Boye Mafe, Minnesota)
  • 2022 Fifth-round pick (OLB Tyreke Smith, Ohio State)
  • 2023 First-round pick (CB Devon Witherspoon, Illinois)
  • 2023 Second-round pick (EDGE Derick Hall, Auburn)

It really hits home when laid out in a list format.

But it’s not just players that Denver has been wasting money on. When the Broncos released Nathaniel Hackett after 15 games (4-11) in the 2022 season, reportedly earning almost $4 million for the season, it was reported that in this season he would earn nearly $4 million. The Broncos never disclosed all the details of Hackett’s deal. And for now, the Broncos are reportedly paying between $17-20 million per season with Payton owning A contract that could earn him $100 in five years. We know the Broncos have a new owner worth around $60 billion, but that is no excuse for this level of wastefulness.

With Wilson gone, the Broncos will embark on yet another search for a franchise quarterback, laying bare the foundation of their issues considering the quarterbacks the team has acquired over the years. Denver has had 13 different starting QBs since Peyton Manning donned the jersey. According to Yahoo Sports, here is the list along with the QBs‘ win-loss records:

  • Trevor Siemian: (13-11)
  • Paxton Lynch: (1-3)
  • Brock Osweiler: (0-4)
  • Case Keenum: (6-10)
  • Joe Flacco: (2-6)
  • Brandon Allen: (1-2)
  • Jeff Driskel: (0-1)
  • Brett Rypien: (2-1)
  • Drew Lock: (8-13)
  • Kendall Hinton: (0-1)
  • Teddy Bridgewater: (7-7)
  • Russell Wilson: (11-19)
  • Jarrett Stidham: (1-1)

This is what mismanagement looks like.

The last time the Denver Broncos made the playoffs was when they won Super Bowl 50 against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers behind a monster defense, while Peyton Manning was at the helm. Since then, they’ve had a total of five head coaches – four permanent and one interim. With this kind of quarterback and coaching fluctuation, it’s easy to see why the Broncos have become what they are. But even easier to see is that nothing will change until the front office improves.

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