Struggles and Solid Performance
Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Wilson has been benched for the remainder of the season due to financial implications, according to reports. Despite his struggles during his second season with the team, Wilson was putting together a solid bounce-back year with 3,070 passing yards and 26 touchdown passes. However, the Broncos are reportedly looking to preserve their financial flexibility for the upcoming offseason.
Risk of Financial Complications
Wilson’s 2025 salary of an estimated $37 million becomes fully vested in March, creating a potential financial burden for the team if the quarterback were to suffer a significant injury during the remaining games. NFL Network reported that this was a key factor in the decision to bench Wilson.
Broncos coach Sean Payton acknowledged the financial implications of the benching but emphasized the team’s ongoing commitment to winning and making the playoffs. Payton stated, “I understand all the speculation and everything that surrounds a move like that, and I can tell you we’re desperately trying to win. Sure, there are economics and other factors at play, but our main goal is to ignite our offense and create a spark.”
Payton also made it clear that the decision was not solely based on Wilson’s performance, stating, “I can’t replace the entire offensive line, I can’t bring in five new receivers. If this trend continues, there could be changes in other positions as well.”
Despite the benching, the Denver Broncos are still in contention for a playoff spot with two games remaining in the regular season. They are just one win behind the current playoff position. The Broncos will face the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday and conclude the season on the road against the Las Vegas Raiders.
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