When the Denver Broncos acquired future Hall of Fame quarterback Russell Wilson this past spring, the idea was that they’d compete for a conference title.

Why else would you give up two first-round picks, more draft compensation and three core players to acquire the Super Bowl-winning signal caller?

Fast forward several months, and the Broncos find themselves at 3-8 on the season following a humiliating 23-10 loss to the hapless Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Wilson, 33, has not even began to play under the five-year, $242.6 million contract extension he signed with the Broncos back in September. Said deal called for $124 million guaranteed at signing with a total of $161 million in guarantees.

Given what Denver paid to acquire Wilson and his contract status, one might think that they are stuck with him over the long-term. We’re not buying that.