Putting 11 Year Old Legacy at Stake, Former Teammate Warns Russell Wilson About the $245 Million Burden on QB’s Head

Published 05/30/2023, 7:11 AM EDT

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It’s never easy to stomach being called out by someone, especially if that someone is your former teammate. That’s exactly the sort of predicament Russell Wilson finds himself in after KJ Wright called him out. The Seattle Seahawks traded Wilson to the Denver Broncos in 2022, at the time, it seemed like a normal deal. As time has progressed, the Seahawks have come off as geniuses in the trade. Wilson has performed well below what many fans would have expected from them.

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The 2013 Super Bowl Champion played alongside KJ Wright and formed the ‘Legion of Boom‘ that dominated the early 2010s. Russell Wilson played for the Seahawks for nearly a decade and earned a handsome reputation as a passer. But the switch to Broncos has seemingly put a dent in his reputation and possibly the legacy he was hoping to leave.

KJ Wright warns Russell Wilson and tells him to step up

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The 2022 NFL season saw the Denver Broncos finish dead last in their division, AFC West. In the AFC Conference, the Broncos only managed to better two other teams in the final standings as they dragged themselves to 14th. A lot of the blame and disappointment was hinted at Wilson as he was supposed to be the passer to lift them up with head coach Nathaniel Hackett. But it never happened.

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Wright said, “If Russell doesn’t figure it out this year, his legacy is definitely on the line.” Wilson’s performance has already seen coach Hackett relieved of his duties even before the season ended. If Wilson continues to perform below his level, he risks putting his name through the wringer once and for all. Wright did not hold back when talking about his former teammate and put the situation in a blunt fashion.

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All or Nothing in 2023 for Wilson and Payton

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Sean Payton is joining the Broncos and is going to lead the team into the upcoming NFL season scheduled for September later this year. Payton and Wilson have history between them. As coach Payton led the Seahawks from the dugout as Quarterback Wilson led his team on the pitch to the biggest victory in NFL Super Bowl.

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KJ Wright still has some hope left for his friend, Wilson, with the season ahead. Wright acknowledges that Wilson is aware of the expectations laid out for him by his friends & family as well as his teammates. Wilson has been recovering well from his injuries last sustained last season. Russell is looking forward to the season ahead of him.

Whether or not Wilson will prove his doubters wrong in 2023 is unclear. But KJ Wright has made it clear, NFL 2023 might decide the way Russell Wilson will be remembered.

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Kushal Jain

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Kushal Jain is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. Having started off writing as a hobby when he was 19, it has snowballed into becoming his full time profession. He is a passionate football fan, or as per the US etymology, soccer fan.
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