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Broncos throw Zach Wilson’s future into doubt with fifth-year-option decision

Zach Wilson’s time with the Broncos may not last very long.

According to multiple reports, the team declined the fifth-year option on Wilson’s rookie contract, meaning the Jets’ 2021 first-round pick could become a free agent after the 2024 season. are doing.

The Broncos had until Thursday to make a decision on Wilson’s fifth-year option, which pays him $22.408 million in guaranteed money for the 2025 season. According to ESPN.

The Broncos did not pick up former Jets QB Zach Wilson’s fifth-year option. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

The former Jets draft pick will have a chance to prove himself next season after a tough tenure in the Big Apple, where he threw 23 touchdown passes, 25 interceptions and had a 57 percent completion percentage over three seasons in the Big Apple. will be given.

The situation came to a head this season when Aaron Rodgers struggled, missing four plays entering the 2023 season with a torn Achilles tendon.

He’ll get a fresh start in Denver, but he’ll be one of several QBs.

In addition to Wilson, Denver already has Ben DiNucci and Jarrett Stidham on the roster.

The Broncos drafted Oregon quarterback Bo Nix with the 12th overall pick on Thursday, and head coach Sean Payton said all eyes will be on him.

“All of them are going to compete,” Payton said, according to ESPN.

Broncos coach Sean Payton
Broncos coach Sean Payton Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Payton also expressed excitement about welcoming Wilson back in 2024.

“I was really happy to have Zach join us,” Peyton said. “I know we wanted to add to the (quarterback) room, and I think we said as much in the ownership meetings. We loved the opportunity. We had a veteran reserve under contract. We’ve had a number of players, but we can see that the player who was the No. 2 draft pick just three years ago has talent. We really like what he has.”

The move to bring in Wilson and the Knicks this offseason would be a fresh start for the Broncos after their relationship with Russell Wilson, who was released and signed by the Steelers, didn’t work out.