"Wilson's contract contains a provision that, if he is on Denver's roster on March 17, his $37 million in salary for the 2025 season becomes guaranteed," Gabriel noted. The risk of injury complicates matters further, potentially locking the Broncos into two more years of salary if Wilson were to sustain a significant injury in the final weeks of the season.
With the Broncos seemingly ready to move on, the focus shifts to Wilson's potential landing spots for the upcoming season. Let's dive into three potential landing spots.
1. Washington Commanders
The Washington Commanders are in search of a new quarterback, and Russell Wilson could be the answer. With Sam Howell’s struggles this season and recent benching, the Commanders may look for a more immediate impact. Coach Eric Bienemy's offensive prowess and proactive owner make Washington an appealing destination. Coupled with the presence of former Pro Bowler Terry McLaurin, Wilson might find an appeal to lead the Commanders into a new era.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in dire need of quarterback stability after a tumultuous 2023 season. Coach Mike Tomlin's support for Kenny Pickett may waver, opening the door for Wilson. Known for thriving in run-heavy offenses, Wilson aligns well with the Steelers' offensive traditions. A short-term deal could be the ideal scenario for the Steelers in 2024, offering them a proven veteran presence to help stabilize the offense through uncertainties.
3. Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons, led by head coach Arthur Smith and GM Terry Fontenot since 2021, are in need of a quarterback shake-up. With Desmond Ridder's below-average play and him being a former mid-round draft pick, Wilson could be the pragmatic choice. Set to join an offensive lineup boasting young talents like Bijan Robinson, Drake London, and Kyle Pitts, Wilson provides experience to complement the Falcons' promising playmakers.
As the Wilson saga unfolds, these three teams emerge as potential landing spots, each with unique appeal. The NFL offseason always delivers fascinating storylines and this upcoming year will be no different, with the quarterback carousel spinning faster than ever. We’ll all stay tuned for updates as the drama unfolds, and the countdown to Wilson's next chapter begins.
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