Denver Broncos need to start their 2023 offseason checklist

ENGLEWOOD, CO - MARCH 16: General Manager George Paton of the Denver Broncos addresses the media before introducing Quarterback Russell Wilson of the Denver Broncos at UCHealth Training Center on March 16, 2022 in Englewood, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
ENGLEWOOD, CO - MARCH 16: General Manager George Paton of the Denver Broncos addresses the media before introducing Quarterback Russell Wilson of the Denver Broncos at UCHealth Training Center on March 16, 2022 in Englewood, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 27: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field on November 27, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Denver Broncos need to put the pressure on Russ

Finally, the last angle to look at this is finding a way to put pressure on Russ. Look at what the Green Bay Packers did. Despite having a 13-win season and going to the Conference Championship Game in 2019, they selected Jordon Love with their 1st round pick in the following Draft.

While the merits of the move remain to be seen, you can’t tell me that this didn’t light a fire under Rodgers. What followed was back-to-back MVP seasons from the Packers’ starting QB, while Jordan Love largely remained on the bench.

On the flip side, that same Draft saw the Eagles select Jalen Hurts in the 2nd round (despite having Carson Wentz on a lucrative deal). Although they didn’t “need” Hurts at the time, the decision to select him was beyond wise. He’s developed into an electric starting QB and is leading the Eagles with the NFL’s best record of 10-1.

The point is, the Denver Broncos need to find a way to motivate Russell Wilson and get him out of this “celebrity persona” that he’s adopted in recent years.  If that means using a premium pick to nip at his heels, so be it.

If the Broncos want to fix their QB situation, they have to be proactive and progressive. Best case scenario, you restore Wilson to his former glory and you have a potential trade piece in said draft pick.

If that doesn’t work out, you already have a guy in place to start after Wilson as early as 2024. Either way, the time to stack the deck at QB and give yourself multiple, talented options is now.