Zach Wilson traded to the Denver Broncos

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The New York Jets are trading former No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson to the Denver Broncos, marking the end of an extremely disappointing era for both parties.

The move is part of a 2024 late-round pick swap that sees the Jets move up more from the seventh to the sixth round. New York and Denver will split Wilson’s $5.5m salary in 2024 equally.

Wilson entered the NFL as one of the most highly touted prospects of his class, having been a superstar in college with BYU. But the young QB flopped tremendously under the bright lights of New York, and having been unable to step up in place of the injured Aaron Rodgers last year, his fate was sealed.

Leaving New York this offseason was inevitable, but with seemingly no progress in finding a trade partner, the Jets were rumoured to be on the verge of cutting Wilson completely. Denver answered that question mark this week by swinging a deal for the former BYU star, who they believe still has the potential to be a success in this league.

The Broncos had been in dire need of quarterback reinforcements, with just Jarrett Stidham and Ben DiNucci on the depth chart having released veteran starter Russell Wilson ahead of free agency. Denver could still be in the market for an early-round investment at the position in the 2024 draft, owning the No. 12 overall pick.

More to follow.