Russell Wilson Benched: Jarrett Stidham To Start For Denver Broncos


Russell Wilson has been sidelined in Denver as the Broncos are benching the future Hall of Famer. Head coach Sean Payton made the decision this week, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, informing his team Wednesday that backup Jarrett Stidham will now be the starting signal-caller going forward.

Key Takeaway

Russell Wilson has been benched by the Denver Broncos, and Jarrett Stidham will take over as the starting quarterback.

Disappointment Since Trade

Wilson has been largely a disappointment since Denver traded a bevy of picks and players for him prior to the 2022 season. Per Schefter, the move also has a lot to do with the 35-year-old’s contract.

Contract Implications

Schefter reported Wednesday that leaving Wilson on the bench will ensure he won’t get injured — and therefore $37 million of his contract will not become guaranteed in 2024.

Performance and Team Standing

The former Super Bowl champ had arrived in Colorado with huge expectations, but he was one of the worst QBs in the NFL in ’22 — throwing just 16 TD passes to 11 interceptions. His 2023 campaign, however, had seen far more ups — he’s thrown for 26 TDs and just 8 INTs this season — but the Broncos are still just 7-8 … and have lost three of their last four.

Coach and Player Dynamics

Complicating matters further for Wilson, Payton was seen screaming at him on the sidelines during Denver’s blowout loss to Detroit earlier this month.

Jarrett Stidham’s Opportunity

Stidham, meanwhile, has played sparingly in his four-year NFL career, logging just two starts. He’ll get a chance to show what he can do next when Denver plays on Sunday against the Chargers.