In the midst of his benching, there are reports that Russell Wilson is anticipating his release from the Broncos in March, a development he has apparently been aware of for the past two months.
With the prospect of his impending release, discussions about potential teams for the 2024 season have emerged. Four teams are now being considered as possible suitors: the Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Commanders, Atlanta Falcons, and New England Patriots.
The Broncos acquired Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks in the 2022 offseason, making a significant trade that involved two first-round picks and two second-round picks. Additionally, they signed the Super Bowl-winning quarterback to a five-year, $245 million extension before his first season with the franchise. Now, he is on the verge of departing.
The Washington Commanders have struggled to secure a stable starting quarterback since the Kirk Cousins era.
The Pittsburgh Steelers currently rely on a quarterback rotation involving first-round pick Kenny Pickett, Mitch Trubisky, and Mason Rudolph, indicating a need for an upgrade in the quarterback room.
The Atlanta Falcons, having enjoyed the services of Matt Ryan for many years, find themselves with second-year third-rounder Desmond Ridder and former Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who may not be adequate long-term options.
The New England Patriots have undergone changes since Tom Brady’s departure in 2020, and while Mac Jones has shown promise, there are concerns about the sustainability of his success. Bailey Zappe’s inconsistent performances have raised doubts about him being the solution for the team.
As Russell Wilson approaches a pivotal point in his career, finding a team that appreciates his unique skill set becomes increasingly crucial.