Russell Wilson's Denver Exit Seemingly Teased by Sean Payton

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: Russell Wilson attends 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on February 24, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/GA/The Hollywood Reporter via Getty Images)
Wilson might be about to be searching for the third NFL of his career.

Broncos head coach Sean Payton has seemingly confirmed that Russell Wilson will be cut by the team in the coming weeks. “I saw this humorous meme the other day of a Broncos fan with a shirt on and there were like eight quarterbacks names with a cross through it, and he’s drinking the quarterback Kool-Aid. Our job is to make sure this next one doesn’t have a line through it," Payton said at the NFL Combine. This comment is widely being taken as a sign that Wilson is on the way out. This is despite the heavy financial penalty the decision comes with.

However, it's unclear what the future is in Denver. The team could stick with current backup Jarrett Stidham, who started the final two games of the 2023 season. Drafting at No. 12 next month, the Broncos could try to trade up or hope an intriguing QB prospect remains on the board long enough. The problem is that Denver don't have a lot of money due to what they owe to Wilson.

How Does Russell Wilson Feel About His Future?

Meanwhile, Wilson has remained demure and diplomatic throughout the ordeal. "I've got more fire than ever, honestly, especially over the past two years of what I've gone through. Whether it's in Denver or somewhere else, I hope it's in Denver, I hope I get to finish there. I committed there, I wanted to be there. I want to be there. For me, it's about winning -- over the next two years, I want to win two [Super Bowls], I want to feel the chill of that trophy again. I love the city and everything else, but you also want to be [in] a place that wants you, too. The thing I want to do is to win, that's all I care about," Wilson told I AM AN ATHLETE.

Atlanta has emerged as a frontrunner for Wilson's services if he does leave Denver. However, even when I AM AN ATHLETE host Brandon Marshall read the odds of Wilson's next team, Wilson remained committed to Denver. "Well, I'm going to put Denver 1, because I'm there right now, but I think you have to have the ability to compartmentalize that. Listen, it's a business and you've got to be non-emotional about it and no matter what you control to what you can control. If it's not [in Denver], though, I've got to go to a place where we can win again," Wilson said. Where do you think Wilson is going to end up? Let us know in the comments.

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Benjamin Mock (they/them) is a sports and culture writer working out of Philadelphia. Previously writing for the likes of Fixture, Dexerto, Fragster, and Jaxon, Ben has dedicated themselves to engaging and accessible articles about sports, esports, and internet culture. With a love for the weirder stories, you never quite know what to expect from their work.