Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson revealed today that his benching had been planned for weeks. The team informed him during the Week Nine bye that he would be benched unless he agreed to modify his contract, ensuring the Broncos wouldn’t be obligated to pay him beyond this season in case of a serious injury.
“They came up to me during the bye week and beginning of the bye week, Monday or Tuesday, they told me if I didn’t change my contract, my injury guarantee, that I’d be benched the rest of the year,” Wilson said. “I was definitely disappointed about it. It was a process for the whole bye week. We had just come off beating the Chiefs, I was excited for us fighting for the playoffs and getting on a hot streak. The NFLPA and NFL got involved or whatever at some point.”
Despite expressing disappointment, Wilson reiterated his commitment to winning Super Bowls in Denver, emphasizing his desire to play and succeed with the Broncos.
“I came here to play here, to win. I knew it was going to be a process. I signed a seven-year deal,” Wilson said. “I want to be here, I want to play here, I want to win championships here.”
However, it appears that Broncos coach Sean Payton has different plans, signaling that Wilson’s time with the team may be coming to an end.