The defending Super Bowl champions will now enter 2016 without either of their top two quarterbacks.
With Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler both gone from Denver, the Broncos now need a new plan at the quarterback position heading into 2016.
So what will they do next? A year ago, they had interest in Tyrod Taylor, which is a clue as to what the Broncos may be thinking about for the Manning/Osweiler replacement: A mobile guy who can run the Gary Kubiak offense, primarily because he can run.
The primary options will be Colin Kaepernick (who’s under contract with the 49ers at $12 million for 2016) and Robert Griffin III (who is available to be signed by anyone, free and clear). In theory, they could trade for Taylor, but it likely won’t be easy to pry him away from Buffalo.
The other alternative for the Broncos will be the draft. The only problem with drafting a quarterback in round is that Denver will be at the bottom, and anyone drafting behind the Broncos at the top of round two will know it.
Whatever the Broncos do, they don’t seem to be worried. And maybe they shouldn’t be. As one league source recently observed, “The Broncos already won the Super Bowl without a passing game.”