Are Russell Wilson’s days in Denver numbered?
During the offseason, the Denver Broncos brought on Sean Payton as the head coach to help turn things around.
For Payton’s job to be more manageable, he would require addressing the issue of quarterback Russell Wilson. Although Wilson is in his sophomore season as the Denver Broncos’ quarterback, his position may be at stake.
Following his transfer from the Seattle Seahawks in 2022 and signing a lucrative contract, he failed to perform on the field.
According to former NFL General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, the 34-year-old shall be competing for his job in 2023 and not his legacy. Tannenbaum speculates that if Russell Wilson does not adhere to Sean Payton’s directives, the Denver team will draft his replacement.
“Russell Wilson isn’t fighting for his legacy, he’s fighting for his job,” Tannenbaum said on ESPN’s Get Up. They (Denver) will draft his replacement if he (Wilson) doesn’t do everything he (Payton) says from day one.”
Sean Payton is in charge now, and he will not entertain external coaches or trainers, not even Russell Wilson’s guaranteed money.
“If you go back to his press conference, Sean Payton talked about there will be no outside coaches or mentors in the building,” Tannenbaum continued. “He (Payton) is the new sheriff in town, and is beholden to no one, including Russell Wilson’s guaranteed money.”
Although Russell Wilson signed a $245 million contract extension with the Denver team, he may end up riding the bench if he does not improve his performance. In his previous season, he delivered his worst outcomes, with just a 60.5% pass completion rate, 3524 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.