Sean Payton Had Simple Reason For Broncos Trading For Zach Wilson

sean payton had simple reason for broncos trading for zach wilson

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO - FEBRUARY 06: New Denver Broncos Head Coach Sean Payton fields questions from the media during a press conference at UCHealth Training Center on February 06, 2023 in Englewood, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos took a low-risk chance on Zach Wilson this offseason. Sean Payton discussed the acquisition last week.

Speaking to reporters at OTAs last Tuesday, the head explained why the Broncos decided to take a shot on the No. 2 overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.

"We just felt like, man, we'd love to work with this guy," Payton said, via Andrew Mason of DenverSports.com. "It wasn't too long ago we remember grading him, and we felt the investment was worth it relative to his skillset and his talent."

Payton said it took over a month to complete the deal with the New York Jets. Denver sent the No. 203 pick to New York for Wilson and the No. 256 pick, which the team used on guard Nick Gargiulo.

Wilson didn't wield considerable trade value following another rocky season under center. Replacing an injured Aaron Rodgers in Week 1, the former BYU star registered 2,271 passing yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Benched after three straight losses, Wilson responded by collecting 301 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 14 win over the Houston Texans. However, the Jets sat him again when Wilson went 4-of-11 with 26 yards, four sacks, and a lost fumble in a 30-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Wilson may have landed in the one place where he can compete for a starting job this summer. The Broncos brought back Jarrett Stidham and drafted Bo Nix to vie for the QB1 job in place of Russell Wilson.

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