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Broncos to release Russell Wilson after 2 seasons

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THE Denver Broncos will release Russell Wilson once free agency officially opens this month, the team announced in a statement Monday.

“We spoke with Russell Wilson today to advise of his release following the start of the league year,” general manager George Paton and head coach Sean Payton said in a joint statement. “On behalf of the Broncos, we thank Russell for his contributions and dedication to our team and our community while wishing him the best in the pursuit of his career. »

“As we move forward, we are focused on building the strongest team possible for the 2024 season and beyond. We are excited to improve this offseason and will have the flexibility to improve through in the draft and free agency.”

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Russell Wilson vs. the Browns

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson throws the ball in the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver on November 26, 2023. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

The Broncos said Wilson would be officially cut once the new league year begins on March 13.

Wilson thanked Broncos fans and his teammates for their support in a separate statement.

“Over these past two years, you have welcomed my family and me with open arms and welcomed us as members of the Denver community,” he said. “This city will always hold a special place in my heart. Our family has grown here, we have made countless memories and friendships, and formed relationships that will last a lifetime.”

He ended his statement by saying, “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.

“God got me. I’m excited for what’s next.”

The Broncos acquired Wilson in a blockbuster trade from the Seattle Seahawks before the start of the 2022 season. Denver gave up multiple draft picks with Noah Fant, Shelby Harris and Drew Lock as part of the deal .

Wilson was expected to be the quarterback under new head coach Nathaniel Hackett. However, the Broncos stumbled and finished 5-12.

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Russell Wilson vs. Patriots

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson leaves the field after losing to the New England Patriots at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver on December 24, 2023. (Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/Denver Post via Getty Images)

The Broncos hired Payton to replace Hackett after the 2022 season, but Wilson ultimately lost his job to Jarrett Stidham despite a crucial victory against the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Wilson played in 15 games during the 2023 season. He had 3,070 passing yards, 26 touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

He said in a recent episode of the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast that he I wanted to stay with the Broncos.

“I have more fire than ever, honestly, especially over the last couple of years and what I’ve been through,” the 35-year-old Super Bowl champion said. “Whether it’s Denver or wherever. I hope it’s Denver. I hope I can finish there. I’m committed there. I want to be there.”

He added that he wants to win at least two more Super Bowls in the next five years.

“For me, it’s about winning. In the next five years, I want to win two,” Wilson said. “I want to feel the freshness of this trophy again. I love the city and everything else, but you also want to be in a place that loves you too. I want to win, that’s all that matters to me.”

The Super Bowl champion quarterback will be free to find a new team this offseason.

Russell Wilson throws away the pigskin

Russell Wilson (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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Denver finished 8-9 in 2023 and must now look to see who might be the best fit for the Payton-led offense.

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