Former seventh-round draft pick Trevor Siemian takes the reins of the Denver Broncos’ offense on Thursday night as the team’s starting quarterback against the Carolina Panthers. He won a tightly contested battle with Mark Sanchez and rookie Paxton Lynch and now he’ll quarterback the defending Super Bowl champions despite not having thrown a single regular-season pass.
However, he almost never got the opportunity. On NFL Network’s pregame show on Thursday evening, NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported live on-air that the Broncos had serious discussions with the Los Angeles Rams about trading for Case Keenum.
Keenum is currently being tabbed as the Rams’ starting quarterback, but the franchise did draft Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and it’s likely just a matter of time before Goff takes the job (though he’s currently listed as No. 3 on the depth chart). Thinking they could get Keenum at a discounted rate with the heir apparent in the building, Broncos general manager John Elway reached out about acquiring the fifth-year veteran.
Ultimately, the asking price was too high and the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement. So Keenum remains in Los Angeles as the current starter while the Siemian era starts Thursday in Denver.