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Russell Wilson and Ciara React to Denver Broncos Benching Him as Starting Quarterback: ‘God’s Got Me’

Although Russell Wilson will play for the Denver Broncos for five more seasons, the team will start Jarrett Stidham for the final two games.



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Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara react to him being benched by the Denver Broncos.

After the NFL team lost a Christmas Eve game to the New England Patriots, head coach Sean Payton told reporters Wednesday that Wilson, 35, will not play in the Broncos’ two remaining regular-season games. The team remains in contention to make the playoffs, although NFL.com odds currently give the 7-8 team just a 7% chance of reaching the postseason.

“God’s got me,” Wilson – who has been Denver’s starting quarterback since the team acquired him in 2022 – wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter) Wednesday evening, apparently in response to his benching. “I look forward to what comes next.”

Ciara, to whom Wilson has been married since 2016,’Nice findWilson’s message, which shows her support for her husband.

Related: Ciara and Russell Wilson’s 4 Kids: All About Future, Sienna, Win, and Amora



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Like Wilson’s “likes” on his X profile show, he has responded to several social media posts from fans, analysts and former players showing support for him after the team benched him. “Mad respect for the way you handled this entire situation,” former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III wrote to Wilson on Wednesday one X message that Wilson “liked.”

Griffin’s message continued: “When you were disrespected, you still showed respect. When you were threatened, you led your team to victories. When you were broken down, you continued to build your boys up and never wavered. God has your back.”

Wilson signed a five-year contract extension with Denver just months after joining the team in 2022, which is expected to start next season, as ESPN reported at the time. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback’s contract includes a clause that would pay him $37 million if he fails a physical exam in March 2024. There is some speculation that the Broncos’ personnel decision is driven by a desire to prevent Wilson from sustaining an injury in the league. remainder of the regular season, according to ESPN.

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Russell Wilson on December 24, 2023

“Most of you know we made a change at quarterback and I understand all the speculation and everything surrounding a move like that, and let me tell you… look, we’re desperately trying to win,” Payton said. told reporters Wednesday when he announced the quarterback change.

He added: “Of course, in our game today there are economics and all these other things, but the main impetus behind this – and it’s a decision I make – is to get a spark offensively.”

Jarrett Stidham will start for the Broncos on Sunday when they play the Los Angeles Charges. Wilson, meanwhile, will be available as a backup, Payton announced.

The Broncos have won 11 games and lost 19 over the last two seasons with Wilson as their starting quarterback. Before joining Denver, Wilson played the first ten seasons of his career for the Seattle Seahawks and won the 2014 Super Bowl with that team.

Wilson and Ciara share daughter Sienna Princess, 6, son Win Harrison, 3, and daughter Amora Princess, who the family welcomed this month. Ciara also shares Future Zahir, 9, with her ex-boyfriend, the rapper Future.

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