Social media reacts to Denver Broncos’ unprecedented release of Wisconsin legend Russell Wilson

The Denver Broncos released former Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson Monday afternoon.

The move is unprecedented after the franchise traded a king’s ransom for Wilson before the 2022 season, and now must absorb a cap hit of more than $80 million.

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The former Badger went 11-19 in two years in Denver, throwing for a combined 6594 yards and 42 touchdowns, while adding 618 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground.

He now hits the open market after playing on a near-Hall-of-Fame trajectory with the Seattle Seahawks, appearing in two Super Bowls and winning one. The years in Denver saw a regression in play, but there’s a chance his MVP candidate form could return in the right location.

NFL pundits and Broncos fans alike were amazed by the news, and especially by his gigantic cap hit. Here is how social media reacted to Wilson’s release:

The numbers are significant

It isn't all bad for Wilson

Wilson posted a lengthy 'thank you' note

And some wondered who wasn't thanked

The Broncos must have been really done with Wilson

It certainly feels like cap money isn't real

It could've been the worst contract in sports history

Remember Wilson's funny sandwich commercial?

Wilson could really play in Seattle

We can't forget this viral moment

And people still made the jokes

A legendary Russell Wilson moment:

The context surrounding the release remains crazy

The money plus the trade is amazing

Biggest dead cap hit ever

Other fans are wondering why their teams don't take dead cap hits

Some fans want to sign him

Wilson's agent did well

His Hall of Fame candidacy may come down to this moment

Some fans aren't interested

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