Broncos GM Gets Honest About Russell Wilson’s Departure

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Written By Maya Cantina

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After being unsuccessful in their efforts to replace Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos decided to take a big swing and pulled off a blockbuster trade to acquire one-time Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson in a deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

The move was widely regarded to be a smart trade by the Broncos as they’d be able to take their franchise to the next level and get back to competing at a high level on an annual basis, as the acquisition was considered a game-changer even though they gave up a lot to get him while also signing him to a massive deal.

Ultimately, the Broncos took two steps back rather than a giant leap forward with Wilson under center, as he seemed to have lost a step or two once he ended up in Denver.

With the Broncos recently parting ways with Wilson after two seasons, general manager George Paton reflected on the move to bring in the superstar quarterback, which he doesn’t seem to regret, via Mike Klis of 9 News.

“We took a shot on a quarterback who’s had a lot of success in this league,” Paton said.

Even though the Broncos probably wouldn’t make this move again if they could turn the clock back two years, it was still an admirable attempt to get the storied franchise back on track as a perennial title contender.

Now the team moves forward with Sean Payton as the head coach and a lot of questions about the quarterback position, with Jarrett Stidham seemingly being the leader under center moving forward.

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