The Russell Wilson and Denver Broncos saga continues to get messy.
In case you missed it, former Pro Bowl QB, Russell Wilson was benched by the Denver Broncos ahead of club’s must-win week 17 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
After the news of Wilson’s benching broke, Washington Post’s Mark Maske added some additional details to the nastiness that seemingly exists between the organization, namely Head Coach, Sean Payton and the 12-year veteran signal caller:
“The Broncos previously threatened to bench Wilson for the rest of the season if he did not agree to rework his contract to address the injury guarantee,” Maske reported.
Once rumors swirled of the Broncos’ ‘threat’ to Wilson, the NFL and the NFLPA both ‘became involved’ per Maske. Regardless of the bad intention-nature of the benching, the club technically has every right to bench Wilson before the veteran’s $37 million cap hit becomes fully guaranteed on March 1. Not only will Wilson’s massive salary become guaranteed on March 1, if Wilson were to get injured and not be able to pass a physical, his salary also becomes fully guaranteed due to a clause in his deal, something that the club was clearly very cautioned about.
Russell Wilson’s Contract Details
Wilson, 35, signed a five-year, $242 million deal with the Broncos following the trade between Denver and Wilson’s longtime home, the Seattle Seahawks following the 2021 season. As previously mentioned, Wilson’s $37 million cap hit in 2024 becomes fully guaranteed on March 1 or if he’s unable to pass a physical due to an injury, something the Broncos want to avoid as they look for a departure from the veteran QB, after this season.