Vance Joseph ‘not sure’ if Trevor Siemian will be with Broncos in 2018
On Monday afternoon, Denver head coach Vance Joseph was surprisingly transparent when asked about Siemian’s future with the franchise.
“That’s a question that we all have to answer after the season, a number of us,” Joseph said. “I’m not sure. H’s a good, young quarterback and smart and tough. We’ll see where that lies.”
Joseph’s answer not only makes it clear that sweeping personnel changes are likely coming for the Broncos next offseason, his lack of confidence in Siemian’s future with the team speaks volumes about the former Northwestern standout’s standing with the franchise.
Siemian is under contract (on his rookie deal) with the Broncos through the 2018 season. As a former seventh-round pick, there are virtually no guarantees in his deal, and he is scheduled to make a modest $705,000 (with a total salary cap hit of $718,198) in 2018.
Cutting Siemian in the offseason would result in a dead money hit of only $13,198 for the Broncos. However, given his experience (he has 24 career starts) and relatively minuscule salary, it might make sense for Denver to hold on to Siemian as their backup in 2018 – especially if they spend big money on a free agent quarterback such as Kirk Cousins or Drew Brees.