After the Denver Broncos suffered through a disastrous 2022 season, there was optimism that they could turn things around this season, especially after they hired new head coach Sean Payton.
But it hasn’t happened, at least not yet, as they have a 1-5 record and are struggling in several areas.
Future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Russell Wilson, whom the Broncos traded for prior to last season, has been playing better than he did last year when he looked awful, but he has still had some awful moments this season.
They gave up a lot to get him, which has led to some whispers that they may look to trade him, and in fact, Dan Graziano, per NFL on ESPN, went a step further and suggested they will need to cut him.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 18, 2023
Denver gave up five draft picks to get Wilson, and they quickly gave him a five-year, $245 million contract extension just prior to the start of the 2022 campaign.
That is a very steep price to pay for a signal-caller who is nearing his 35th birthday and simply doesn’t have the pieces around him to carry his team to the Super Bowl.
Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy, the Broncos’ two main wide receiver threats, have made a total of one Pro Bowl in eight previous seasons, while wideout Tim Patrick, who has never been selected to the Pro Bowl, is missing his second straight year due to injury.
So far this year, Wilson has completed 65.9 percent of his pass attempts and thrown for 1,305 yards, 12 touchdowns, and four interceptions.NEXT: LeSean McCoy Explains The Broncos' Issue This Season