Russell Wilson and his wife, Ciara, are responding to the news of him being benched by the Denver Broncos. Following the team’s loss to the New England Patriots on Christmas Eve, head coach Sean Payton announced that Wilson, 35, would not play in the Broncos’ remaining regular season games. Despite the team’s playoff contention, the odds of making the postseason are currently at 7%.
On X (formerly known as Twitter), Wilson posted, “God’s got me,” indicating optimism about the future. Ciara, married to Wilson since 2016, expressed her support by “liking” his post.
Wilson has been actively engaging with social media posts from fans, analysts, and former players offering support after the benching. Former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III praised Wilson’s handling of the situation in a post that Wilson acknowledged with a “like,” stating, “Mad respect for how you have handled this entire situation.”
Wilson signed a five-year contract extension with the Broncos, set to begin next season, with a clause that grants him $37 million if he doesn’t pass a physical by March 2024. Speculation suggests the team’s decision might be driven by a desire to protect Wilson from injury.
Head coach Payton emphasized that the decision to change quarterbacks aims to “get a spark offensively.” Jarrett Stidham will start for the Broncos in the upcoming game against the Los Angeles Chargers, while Wilson will be available as a backup.
Over the last two seasons, the Broncos have won 11 games and lost 19 with Wilson as their starting quarterback. Wilson spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Seattle Seahawks, winning the Super Bowl in 2014. He and Ciara share three children, Sienna Princess, Win Harrison, and newborn Amora Princess, in addition to Ciara’s son Future Zahir from a previous relationship.