With Peyton Manning ready to move on or move out of Denver, the Broncos’ focus is on re-signing quarterback Brock Osweiler. But the Broncos may not be offering Osweiler a lot of money, at least by the standards of an NFL starting quarterback.
That short description contains a lot to unpack. How much “more than” $12.27 million a season? If it’s not much more than what Foles is making, it’s easy to see why Osweiler hasn’t signed the deal yet. In a league where Kirk Cousins is making $20 million this year and Sam Bradford is set to make $36 million over the next two years, Osweiler surely wants to hit the open market and see if some team views him as more worthy of a Cousins/Bradford deal than a Foles deal.
Osweiler becomes a free agent if he hasn’t signed an extension with the Broncos by March 9, and at that point some quarterback-needy team might decide to take a shot on him, and offer him something more like a Cousins/Bradford deal than a Foles deal. If that happens, the Broncos better have a Plan B in place.
Maybe Plan B is Manning, but only if he’d be willing to take a lot less than the $19 million he’s scheduled to make. And, for that matter, a lot less than the $12 million the Broncos are apparently offering Osweiler.