Reports: Before Russell Wilson Deal, Broncos Unsuccessfully Tried To Recruit Legendary QB

Published 12/02/2022, 5:30 AM EST

Russell Wilson may have anticipated a glorious run this season at the Denver Broncos. Unfortunately, neither the quarterback nor the team has seen any semblance of what could be considered a good season. Wilson was the Broncos’ supposed redemption. The team paid a rather hefty sum to bring the quarterback on board. But from recent reports, it looks like the Broncos’ preferred quarterback during the offseason was another MVP.

Wilson’s performance this season has been underwhelming, to say the least. The Broncos’ current record is an embarrassing 3-8. The Broncos have to make do with Wilson and vice versa. His $242 million, five-year extension means that the quarterback will be sticking around for a while.

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Russell Wilson was not the Broncos’ first choice

After witnessing one of the worst seasons of the quarterback’s career this year, the Broncos may be regretting their decision. Meanwhile, many in the league are convinced that Wilson was not the Broncos’ first choice. League executives think that a former MVP was wanted at the Broncos before they settled for Russell Wilson. The Broncos have to make do with Wilson and vice versa. His $242 million, five-year extension means that the quarterback will be sticking around for a while.

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According to ESPN, a highly ranked NFC executive is perplexed about the Broncos’ decision-making, in terms of what they’ve offered Wilson. He said, “Aaron Rodgers, I could understand giving up that sort of package, but not Russell. Denver didn’t have any familiarity with the player or his fit in the system, and he’s declining as an aging, smaller quarterback.” But Rodgers and the Packers have not had better luck this season either. Rodgers is battling more than one injury this season. The Packers’ game against the Eagles saw the quarterback walk out with injured ribs. Rodgers is also nursing a broken thumb, which he intended to keep from public notice.

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Wilson and the Broncos have no choice but to salvage this season and hope for the best

On the other hand, Russell Wilson’s former team is having a better season than most anticipated. Many assumed the Seahawks would take a tumble because of Wilson’s absence. The quarterback has surpassed expectations and Geno Smith filled Wilson’s shoes perfectly. Smith not only managed to keep the Seahawks afloat, but also revitalized his career. This just rubs salt all over Russell Wilson’s wounds.

Oct 6, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs off the field after the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports | Reuters

Apart from the reports stating that Wilson was not the Broncos’ first choice, there is more speculation surrounding his relationship with the team. While there is nothing concrete indicating tension among teammates, the reports around Wilson and the locker room are not positive. Russell Wilson and the Broncos are the NFL world’s most favorite punching bags this season. They have borne ridicule and harsh criticism from fans and analysts alike. The only thing the Broncos can do right now is hope for a better season next year and win as many games as possible in the upcoming weeks.

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Anika Gomez

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Anika Gomez is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. She holds a degree in Journalism, Psychology, and Communicative English from the National School of Journalism and Public Discourse. Anika loves American Football, Formula 1, Basketball, and Tennis.

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