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Malik Jackson calls Osweiler “proven” and “underpaid”

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It’s been nine days since Super Bowl 50, and there’s still no official clarity as to who the Denver Broncos quarterback will be in 2016. The opinions of certain key players are becoming more clear.

Defensive end Malik Jackson believes another Brock Osweiler deserves to be paid.

He’s definitely someone who’s proven,” Jackson said on NFL Network’s Total Access, via Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. “He’s been underpaid for four years, quietly waiting. When he got his chance to go, he really outperformed himself. I think with the defense they have in Denver, you could put Brock back there and he’ll definitely win some games with them.”

Did you notice that one? Jackson used “they” and “then” when talking about the Broncos, not “we” and “us.” Which is one of those subtle slips that could be interpreted as an indication that Jackson already has accepted the fact that he’ll be leaving the team in free agency. Which isn’t surprising given the rampant nature of tampering during this portion of the calendar.

Other teams surely are tampering with Osweiler, too, even as the Broncos reportedly wait to negotiate with him out of respect for Peyton Manning, who still hasn’t told the team what he wants to do. (Sure, there’s no deadline.)

Malik Jackson has an inkling as to what Manning will do.

“I think when he talked to the team going into the game Saturday night you could kind of feel like the way he was talking, he was getting a little emotional,” Jackson said. “I don’t know if that was his last speech before a team, but you could definitely tell maybe it was getting closer. He kind of felt an extra type of why about this game to really want to go out there and win. It was one of those things where he started choking up and you’re like, ‘Oh, is he gonna say it?’ He never said it, but I think we all just got an idea.”

That’s consistent with the report from Sal Paolantonio of ESPN that Manning didn’t say he was retiring the night before Super Bowl 50 because he didn’t need to. So what is Manning waiting for, and why are the Broncos waiting for him before negotiating with Osweiler?

It’s almost as if Manning is messing with the Broncos, and that the Broncos have decided to move on from both of them.

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41 Responses to “Malik Jackson calls Osweiler “proven” and “underpaid””
  1. randomguy9999 says: Feb 16, 2016 6:26 AM

    if he was “proven” he would have started in front of Manning

  2. tdubdizzle says: Feb 16, 2016 6:44 AM

    Man this guy should just shutup and get paid. He’s gonna screw himself over if he keeps talking.

  3. shogunassasin30 says: Feb 16, 2016 7:13 AM

    Would be a but foolish not to bring Osweiler back. He’s basically a 1 yr player, has won some big games and has a big arm. Will only get better. They’re aren’t a lot of good quarterbacks out there. Yes they won a superbowl with qb play that was far worse than mediocre, but that’s not sustainable. And going out and getting a boring retread Josh McCown type isn’t the answer. Or the guy they really want to groom is Trevor Siemen instead

  4. logast says: Feb 16, 2016 7:15 AM

    Whatever man. Maybe Jackson should be in the concussion protocol right now.

  5. blackstrat says: Feb 16, 2016 7:34 AM

    Yes,
    Malik Jackson needs to “feed his family” because the couple of million dollars that he’s earned as a second string lower draft pick is inadequate to get his family fed.
    He deserves to maximize his contract, no issue with that, but, the cliched notion and the rational these players invoke
    makes them sound so stupid.
    “Agent talk” uttered to make us regular folk feel empathy for them seeking to make good on “this is a business you know”….notion.
    Malik is out the door.

  6. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Feb 16, 2016 7:40 AM

    Why do you care about tampering?

  7. jasoncnz says: Feb 16, 2016 7:43 AM

    Does anyone actually believe Elway is choosing not to negotiating with Brock out of deference to Manning? Seriously? Do you really think if Elway thought Brock was the long term answer he would hold off negotiations just so he wouldn’t hurt Peyton’s feelings? What a joke.

    The Broncos have had numerous opportunities to negotiate a contract with Brock and have opted not to do so over and over again. The truth is Elway doesn’t believe Brock is worth what he will get in FA and is simply using the “Respect for Manning” card as an excuse to ignore Brock. Do you really think if Elway & Kubiak truly believed in Brock and thought he was the long term answer they would have pulled him for a washed up Manning the second Peyton got semi healthy? Of course they wouldn’t have. Peyton was already reserved to the fact he wasn’t going to start again. But the first chance Elway & Kubiak got to make the switch they jumped at it.

    Waiting on Manning is a convenient way to save face with the fans who think Brock is the next Aaron Rodgers. By using Manning as the scapegoat they can let Brock leave and then say “well we wanted to keep him but we had to wait”. The writing is on the wall. I would bet my paycheck Brock signs with another team. Elway & Kubiak don’t want him. At least not at the price he will get in FA

  8. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 16, 2016 7:53 AM

    who is malik jackson?

  9. huh6016 says: Feb 16, 2016 8:01 AM

    How does one “outperform himself”? Yep, this Jackson guy is a real expert in personnel Why not ask the rowel boy what he thinks too.

  10. rundmc81 says: Feb 16, 2016 8:07 AM

    They say Brock sleeps with the light on because he still has nightmares of Khalil Mack

  11. denverdave3 says: Feb 16, 2016 8:20 AM

    Qsweiller did his part for several years, but he was basically a waste of a second-round pick. When a guy is taken that high he should contribute right away, not 4 years down the road for a handful of games.

    Now he’s going to expect, and probably get, a nice paycheck. The question is, “Did the Broncos see enough in practice and the locker room to justify paying him middle-of-the-pack money?”

    If not, I suspect Elway can find somebody cheaper who can “manage” a game just as well, and with the Denver defense, that may be all they need.

  12. Peyton Needed the Slap Arm says: Feb 16, 2016 8:27 AM

    Oh but Peyton, he’s the greatest of all time, remember?Denver will definitely want him back instead of Brock.

    Just kidding, that’s mostly Colts fans pretending that they also won the SB and beat New England. That Denver D single handedly snagged him another one, it’s not really deniable. He came around for the fireworks.

    Denver fans are in reality to the fact that they have a very good young QB, who in all fairness, had a much better half season than Manning.

    Elway is no idiot. Peyton is done and Brock is in.

  13. patsxsaintsfan says: Feb 16, 2016 9:00 AM

    Underpaid? Yes. Proven? No. Remember how good RG3 looked his first year. No QB is proven until they do it more than once and for a whole season. He hasn’t played bad and I think he is good enough to win a super bowl with that D but that doesn’t mean I’m signing him to a huge deal.

  14. jjackwagon says: Feb 16, 2016 9:04 AM

    Well, he can’t play any worse than Manning and he’s a lot younger.

  15. naes says: Feb 16, 2016 9:16 AM

    Manning is probably waiting for the UT story to blow over. If he retires now all the questions at the press conference will be about that.

  16. awdlmd says: Feb 16, 2016 9:20 AM

    “who is malik jackson?”

    Did you watch the SB or football at all?

  17. 6ball says: Feb 16, 2016 9:46 AM

    .
    Elway played ” salary cap roulette” last year and won. This offseason he has 19 free agents to contend with. It will be interesting to see how he handles it. It’s unlikely that he can resign everyone.
    .

  18. kissmysandwich says: Feb 16, 2016 9:58 AM

    The King of Endorsements will sign a 1 year deal with the Rams and make another $20M + millions more in local endorsements….watch.

  19. getakluwe says: Feb 16, 2016 9:59 AM

    Manning is a jerk. All there is to it.

  20. qbarrel says: Feb 16, 2016 10:04 AM

    6ball says:
    Feb 16, 2016 9:46 AM
    .
    Elway played ” salary cap roulette” last year and won. This offseason he has 19 free agents to contend with. It will be interesting to see how he handles it. It’s unlikely that he can resign everyone.

    ——————-

    This is the Broncos we’re talking about. The salary cap doesn’t apply to them.

  21. qbarrel says: Feb 16, 2016 10:06 AM

    randomguy9999 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 6:26 AM
    if he was “proven” he would have started in front of Manning

    ————————-

    They were more afraid of a young QB making mistakes than they were an old, washed-up QB being completely ineffective.

    The bottom line is that they bet on their defense and won.

  22. JaminJake says: Feb 16, 2016 10:18 AM

    Brock got 2nd round money to ride pine. That’s not that bad.

  23. stealthjunk says: Feb 16, 2016 10:19 AM

    Dear Malik,

    Have fun in Cleveland, Jacksonville, or Oakland and without the benefit of two future HOFers on each side of you. But hey, at least that $10m instead of $8m will be the difference in whether you can feed your family.

  24. tajuara says: Feb 16, 2016 10:22 AM

    Brock is good, and he is definitely better than Manning (at this point many if not all QBs are better than Manning), but let’s not pretend that he is the next Joe Montana. Denver definitely wants him, but I bet that they are not willing to break the house on him, specially when Demver’s D have proven that they can win games with any QB on the field. Check the way Brock played against San Diego, who was one of the worst Ds in the league. Even he played poorly against NE, and a miracle from special teams saved the night. If he has the right price, Denver will bring him back.

  25. granadafan says: Feb 16, 2016 11:06 AM

    awdlmd says:
    Feb 16, 2016 9:20 AM
    realtruthteller100 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 7:53 AM
    “who is malik jackson?”

    Did you watch the SB or football at all?
    ============================================

    realtruthteller must be a Seattle fan. Don’t be too hard on our Pacific Northwest friends.

  26. 1smoothoperator says: Feb 16, 2016 11:06 AM

    I don’t think there is anyone that thinks Manning is coming back to Denver, even Archie said it was unlikely he’d return to the Broncos. How many teams would be lining up for a 40 yr old QB who can barely throw 25 yds.

  27. vicnocal says: Feb 16, 2016 11:09 AM

    Osweiler is proven? What has he proven, exactly?

    I’ll tell you somebody who was “proven”: Nick Foles when he had that outstanding season with 26 TDs and 2 INTs, a performance that was light years beyond what Brock did this season. And where is Foles now? He’s not even on the same team anymore, and is teetering on the verge of becoming a journeyman mediocre QB.

  28. bullcharger says: Feb 16, 2016 11:09 AM

    tajuara says:
    Feb 16, 2016 10:22 AM

    Brock is good, and he is definitely better than Manning (at this point many if not all QBs are better than Manning), but let’s not pretend that he is the next Joe Montana. Denver definitely wants him, but I bet that they are not willing to break the house on him, specially when Demver’s D have proven that they can win games with any QB on the field. Check the way Brock played against San Diego, who was one of the worst Ds in the league. Even he played poorly against NE, and a miracle from special teams saved the night. If he has the right price, Denver will bring him back.

    ———————-

    Would the Broncos have won the Super Bowl if Manning didn’t replace Osweiler?

    Obviously a hypothetical situation, but I would say no.

    I think they probably lose the game against SD, lose the seed at least and maybe even have to play an extra playoff game.

    Even if Brock made the AFC Championship game, if it was played in NE I am not sure he could win it.

    I think Manning actually is currently better than Osweiler overall, despite his diminished capability, and that is part of the reason why Denver won the Super Bowl.

    Brock has the better arm etc, but there’s not guarantee he won’t be figured out by other teams and go 50% for his career. He deserves a chance, but there’s still a risk he will never be elite or even the next level down (Flacco, Eli level).

  29. bronco6745 says: Feb 16, 2016 11:11 AM

    A lot of us say it is easy to stick with a great team and take less money than take the money and run with a garbage team, but a couple blows to the head or a lineman taking out your knee could affect your entire future. If a player takes an extra 5+ mil in guarantees elsewhere, that may not look like much with how big these contracts are….but it is still 5 million dollars. I’d like to know what most of us would do for employment that netted us an extra 5 million….

    I’d love for malik to stay but I just don’t see it happening. I can’t entirely fault a guy for chasing the money, especially when he has already won a championship.

    As for Brock I’m sure Elway is gonna keep him, and I think Osweiler knows sticking with Denver is the best chance of him succeeding and getting a bigger payday in the future.

  30. bullcharger says: Feb 16, 2016 11:12 AM

    1smoothoperator says:
    Feb 16, 2016 11:06 AM

    I don’t think there is anyone that thinks Manning is coming back to Denver, even Archie said it was unlikely he’d return to the Broncos. How many teams would be lining up for a 40 yr old QB who can barely throw 25 yds.

    ———-

    Denver will let him know they are cutting ties soon. There has never been a better time to move on then right after a Super Bowl when you have all the grace in the world from the fans.

  31. tajuara says: Feb 16, 2016 11:25 AM

    Would the Broncos have won the Super Bowl if Manning didn’t replace Osweiler?

    Obviously a hypothetical situation, but I would say no.

    I think they probably lose the game against SD, lose the seed at least and maybe even have to play an extra playoff game.

    Even if Brock made the AFC Championship game, if it was played in NE I am not sure he could win it.

    I think Manning actually is currently better than Osweiler overall, despite his diminished capability, and that is part of the reason why Denver won the Super Bowl.

    Brock has the better arm etc, but there’s not guarantee he won’t be figured out by other teams and go 50% for his career. He deserves a chance, but there’s still a risk he will never be elite or even the next level down (Flacco, Eli level).

    ——————————————————

    I am not diminishing the impact that Manning (at least from a motivational point of view) had on the team, and yes, if Manning hadn’t replaced Osweiler Denver probably was going to lose the game, go as a wild card and never made it to the SB, but that just hypothesis. At this point Brock is better than Manning, at least physically.

  32. bigfan62 says: Feb 16, 2016 12:30 PM

    Elway is smart, and I look for him to try for a 2 year $16 mill or at most three year $26 mill deal for Osweiller.

    I’m not sold on Brock, his stance is is wildly in consistent, he’s slow thru progressions, and has a tendency to lock in on his first option. Backup Trevor Siemian has an absolute cannon, anticipates and goes thru progressions faster. Don’t be surprised if training camp QB competition is super tight.

  33. ebdug says: Feb 16, 2016 12:35 PM

    Osweiler can be good but he is still a little scared. Denver is about the only team he could start for right now.

  34. sariff420 says: Feb 16, 2016 12:37 PM

    Underpaid? Guys a back up

  35. tindeaux says: Feb 16, 2016 1:00 PM

    proven what? 3 games? matt cassell was proven with the patriots too… until he got exposed after joining another team.
    just shut up dude!

  36. nflfan62 says: Feb 16, 2016 1:02 PM

    WHEN THEY SAY TAMPERING DO THEY MEAN THERE SENDING YOU TO TAMPA

  37. mrdot1 says: Feb 16, 2016 1:24 PM

    Unless the Broncos have the inside-track on someone like Drew Brees, they’d be foolish to let Osweiler walk away. He’s decent and knows their system.

  38. tootitan says: Feb 16, 2016 1:38 PM

    There’s another Brock Osweiler?

  39. 46namredyps11 says: Feb 16, 2016 3:49 PM

    I think he’s on the right track, but I’m not sold on “proven” based on sample size yet. He’s absolutely under paid.

  40. kwjsb says: Feb 16, 2016 5:52 PM

    Shades of Scott Mitchel/Clint Longley

  41. fanofpft says: Feb 16, 2016 7:01 PM

    But if they pay him then you might not have what you want Malik. Then you can join up with the Fins.

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