DENVER (The Sports Xchange) – Trevor Siemian is the only quarterback on the roster for the Denver Broncos after Peyton Manning retired Monday and Brock Osweiler fled for $72 million with the Houston Texans in free agency.
Vice president and general manager John Elway said Wednesday the Broncos made a competitive offer to Osweiler. Reports indicated the Broncos did not make an offer to Osweiler until 24 hours before the window for other teams to discuss contracts with free agents opened on March 7.”We’ve now turned our attention to other options at quarterback and are confident that we’ll find the right player and person for our team,” Elway said. “Our organization thanks Brock for his contributions and wishes him all the best.
“We’ve stayed true to our philosophy of building a team with players who want to be Denver Broncos and want to be here. That’s been a successful approach for us.”
Siemian, a seventh-round pick in 2015, is a developmental prospect who is not ready to be an NFL starter.
The Texans agreed to terms with Osweiler on a four-year, $72 million deal that potentially puts him back on the free agent market at age 29. Denver offered a three-year deal worth $15 million per season.
Osweiler was 5-2 in seven starts, all in 2015, in four years with the Broncos. But he’s known Elway for years longer, having been the roommate of Elway’s son at Arizona State before the Broncos drafted him in the second round of the 2012 draft.
The Broncos are betting on the NFL’s top-ranked defense to get the team back to the Super Bowl after winning the Lombardi Trophy in February, but defections came in numbers on that side of the ball, too.
Defensive lineman Malik Jackson and linebacker Danny Trevathan signed huge contracts in free agency. Jackson scored a $90 million deal with Jacksonville and Trevathan got more than $7 million annually to rejoin John Fox with the Chicago Bears.
Besides Manning, the Broncos cut two offensive starters — guard Louis Vasquez and tight end Owen Daniels — and more tough decisions loom without a quarterback on the roster.
New York Jets unrestricted free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick, possible trade target Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and free agent Robert Griffin III could be options. Denver also has the 31st overall pick in the 2016 draft.
Some suggested the Broncos might take a look at Case Keenum, a restricted free agent for the Los Angeles Rams, but he was tendered at the first-round level, meaning Denver would need to part with a first-round pick to pry Keenum from L.A. Keenum played in head coach Gary Kubiak’s system in Houston.