Unexpected Move

Denver Broncos bench Russell Wilson, opting for backup Jarrett Stidham against the Chargers.

Performance Concerns

Initial reasons cite performance-related motives for Wilson's benching, raising eyebrows across the NFL community.

Contractual Quandary

Speculation surrounds Wilson's future as Broncos reportedly consider sidelining him to avoid potential injury risks and navigate his hefty contract.

Déjà Vu with Stidham

Echoing a similar scenario from a year ago, Stidham replaces a benched starter, akin to his role with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Financial Ramifications

Cutting ties with Wilson could cost Denver an additional $37 million in cash and an unprecedented $85 million in dead money, creating financial challenges.

Playoff Aspirations

Broncos, with a 7-8 record, face slim playoff hopes, needing victories after losing three of the last four games post a promising winning streak.

Payton's Dissatisfaction

Head coach Sean Payton expresses dissatisfaction with the team's offensive performance under Wilson, calling for improvements in communication and strategy.

Wilson's Struggles

Russell Wilson, 35, battles to replicate Seattle success, completing 66% of passes this season for 3,070 yards, 26 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.

Stidham's Task

Jarrett Stidham, 27, steps into a pivotal role after limited action this season, facing the challenge of elevating the Broncos' offensive game.