Broncos may have stumbled into treasure trove of QB options in 2018
It’s a near-forgone conclusion that the Denver Broncos will have a new starting quarterback in 2018.
After getting off to a hot start to the season, Trevor Siemian struggled mightily and eventually lost his job to Brock Osweiler. Osweiler then made three starts before losing the job to Paxton Lynch. Lynch suffered a high ankle sprain in his only start against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, and now the Broncos have circled back to Siemian as their starting quarterback.
Unfortunately for the Broncos, it is now abundantly clear that these three guys might not be the long-term answer at quarterback.
While they are on track to pick high enough in the 2018 draft to land one of the best available quarterback prospects, adding a veteran might make more sense given the talent they already have in place on the defensive side of the ball.
Fortunately for general manager John Elway, there could be up to four veteran free-agent options available next offseason that would give the Broncos a substantial upgrade at the position in 2018.
Here’s a look at the veteran options:
All signs are currently pointing toward Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins parting ways after this season. The former Michigan State quarterback has flashed signs of brilliance during his three seasons as Washington’s full-time starter, but he has still only made one postseason start.
Cousins will likely be very costly (at least $25-$27 million per season). But at 29 years old, he has the potential to be Denver’s starter for several years to come. To top it all off, he is mobile enough to make up for some of the Broncos’ offensive line deficiencies.
The Buffalo Bills made the head-scratching decision to bench Tyrod Taylor in favor of Nathan Peterman for their Week 11 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Peterman flopped, throwing 5 interceptions in two quarters, and now Taylor is back in the starting lineup.
It’s obvious the Bills aren’t convinced that the former Virginia Tech standout is their franchise quarterback. Taylor is owed a $6 million roster bonus on the third day of the 2018 league year, which means the Bills will likely release him shortly after the 2017 season ends.
Taylor isn’t an elite quarterback by any means, but he does have the skill set to be a successful starting quarterback in the NFL.
This one is an extreme long shot, but it’s still worth mentioning. Due to the structure of his current contract, Drew Brees is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2017 season.
When it comes down to it, I could totally see the Saints and Brees moving on from each other if they were in the midst of another mediocre season. But seeing as how they have re-emerged as Super Bowl contenders, I’m fully expecting the Saints to find a way to re-sign Brees. If for some reason they don’t, however, expect Elway to pounce on the four-time All-Pro.
Eli Manning was benched by the New York Giants in favor of Geno Smith on Tuesday, which in all likelihood marked the beginning of the end of his time in the Big Apple.
If he hits the open market as expected, there will likely be mutual interest between Manning and the Broncos. Manning’s brother, Peyton, quarterbacked the Broncos to the Super Bowl 50 title and still resides in Denver.