Broncos Turn to Bench as Playoffs Slip Away, Russell Wilson Sidelined

This article talks about the decision of the Denver Broncos to bench their quarterback Russell Wilson for the remainder of the 2023 regular season. The move is surprising, but it seems to be motivated by the team’s desire to preserve financial flexibility for the offseason, as reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Despite having an 8% chance of making the postseason, the Broncos will start backup Jarrett Stidham against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, rather than Russell Wilson. Since Wilson’s arrival in Denver, the team has gone 11-19 in games started by him, and he has had two of the worst seasons of his career. Wilson’s performance has been disappointing, and he has let down the Broncos defense, ranking low in various statistical categories. His contract is also a significant financial burden for the team, with significant guaranteed salaries and potential dead money if he were to be cut.