Eli Manning roasts Russell Wilson over Broncos' unimpressive start

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By , Audacy Sports

The Broncos eked out an ugly win over the 49ers on Sunday Night Football in Week 3, but Denver's offense once again stalled early and often under new quarterback Russell Wilson.

With the Broncos struggling to get out of neutral on the offensive side of the ball, many football fans and journalists are wondering whether Wilson was worth the lucrative contract extension he recently signed with Denver.

One of those critics, apparently, is former Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who took a potshot at Wilson during Monday Night Football's "Manningcast."

The Broncos punted a whopping 10 times in Sunday's win over San Francisco, and, according to Manning, Wilson's hefty salary might have been better spent on punter Corliss Waitman.

"They should have paid that punter $235 million instead of Russell," Manning quipped.

"Pay that man his money!" replied guest Pat McAfee.

While Wilson flailed in his new offense to the tune of 20 completions on 33 attempts for 184 yards and no touchdowns, Waitman racked up an impressive 476 punting yards, with six of his 10 punts being downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line.

For Wilson, the underwhelming performance marked the second in a row, after the Broncos struggled to get untracked in Week 2 against the Texans. Wilson was better in Week 1 in his return to Seattle, throwing for 340 yards and a touchdown, although the offensive unit struggled in the red zone.

Despite Manning's crack, and the fact that Wilson's extension would represent life-changing money for most people, the deal actually came under criticism at the time for being team-friendly. One NFL agent ripped Wilson as a "company man" and suggested the veteran quarterback would "get something behind the scenes" in exchange for "doing favors for the establishment."

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