Steelers' Russell Wilson Hits With Shrewd Comment From Broncos Head Coach Sean Payton

The Pittsburgh Steelers retooled their offense during the 2024 offseason. They traded Kenny Pickett and Diontae Johnson for Russell Wilson and Justin Fields to bolster their quarterback depth.

Both of the Steelers' new quarterbacks have been widely criticized in recent seasons: Fields for his uneven play with the Chicago Bears, and Wilson for how he carried himself while with the Denver Broncos. 

Each quarterback is seeking to get their careers back on track with the Steelers, and both were acquired at a minimal cost because their previous teams no longer wanted them.

Wilson and Fields were each sidelined by their former organizations. When the Bears secured the first overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, it was evident that they intended to break ways with Fields. 

Wilson was benched by Denver late in the 2023 season, although not for his performance. Wilson refused to waive the injury clause in his contract, which stipulated that if he had an injury,

he would earn guaranteed money, prompting Head Coach Sean Payton to take him off the field permanently. After all of this happened in Denver, it became evident that the Broncos intended to release Wilson, making him a free agent. 

The Broncos released Wilson, resulting in a $85 million dead cap hit that will be spread out between the 2024 and 2025 seasons. Payton was asked at the 2024 NFL Annual Meetings if this made it difficult to dismiss Wilson,

and he responded directly.Wilson struggled in his first year in Denver in 2022, but some of that can be attributed to former Broncos Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett, who was sacked after only one season. 

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