Mar 4, 2024 - Sports

Denver Broncos to release quarterback Russell Wilson

An American football player with a bright orange jersey with the No. 3 and a navy blue helmet with a horse insignia stands while looking ahead.

Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson before a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High on Dec. 31, 2023 in Denver. Photo: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos are releasing quarterback Russell Wilson, the team announced on Monday.

Why it matters: The move ends Wilson's brief and disastrous stint in the Mile High City — and it allows the team to save at least $37 million toward his contract.

Between the lines: The release takes effect March 13, when the NFL's 2024 season officially begins, according to a statement from the team.

Flashback: Wilson arrived two years ago after trade with the Seattle Seahawks brought the Super Bowl winner to Empower Field.

Yes, but: It never clicked for Wilson in Denver.

  • He won five games in his first season with the Broncos before falling out of favor with new coach Sean Payton last season and being benched for the team's final two games.

What they're saying: "The city will always hold a special place in my heart," Wilson said in a statement posted on X, thanking teammates, Broncos staff and others.

What's next: The Broncos will need to find a player to fill the team's most important position and could end up drafting a new quarterback during next month's NFL Draft.

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