Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall thinks John Elway will address QB position in free agency

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It wasn’t all that long ago that Denver Broncos general manager John Elway made a big play in free agency to fix the team’s quarterback problems by signing Peyton Manning.

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall thinks Elway will look to free agency again this offseason to address a position that hasn’t adequately replaced Manning since his retirement following Super Bowl 5o.

In my opinion, we already drafted a quarterback, first round a couple years ago (Paxton Lynch), so we’ve tried that,” Marshall said on the NFL Network, via Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. “I think he’s going to get a free agent quarterback. I think he’s going to go spend some money and fix the position, because it’s kind of a toss-up with these rookie quarterbacks. You never know. But the only thing about getting a free agent quarterback is some guys will have to go. I hope everybody gets to stay, but that’s just the business.”

Marshall even had a specific free agent quarterback in mind.

“I mean, there’s a couple guys out there,” Marshall said. “You know. We played against a guy in Week 16 that was pretty good. There’s a couple guys out there.”

That quarterback was Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins, who is set to be a free agent in March. Cousins passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns in that December game against the Broncos.

The trio of Lynch, Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler did little to stake a full-time claim to the role into the future in 2017. Siemian is having surgery on his non-throwing shoulder for a second straight offseason as well.

Hitting free agency for a quarterback worked once before for Elway. He may look to do so again.

17 responses to “Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall thinks John Elway will address QB position in free agency

  1. Its much easier to sign free agents than to draft and develop. Free Agents have already proven what they’ve done in the NFL. You’re supposed to build a team through the draft. But if you want to escape the accountability from drafting a developing players through the draft, then just sign free agents. I guess that whole having no previous personnel experience actually meant something huh? SMH

  2. The Broncos have possibly the worst QB situation in the league. I bet my money they sign a big ticket QB in free agency.

  3. Free agency is the way to go. Unless you already have a franchise QB in the latter part of his career under center, it’s virtually impossible to draft and develop a NFL caliber QB. There’s always exceptions (like Carson Wentz) but most successful teams have their rookie as back up for 2-3 seasons.

  4. There were many people around this time last year that were speculation on the Rams’ QB situation. Were they going to draft another QB because Jared Goff was a bust? Paxton Lynch will be this year’s Jared Goff. He’s not only a good QB, he’s a great QB. If you said that about Goff a year ago, you’d get laughed out of the room. Sometimes the room is not full of smart people. But as soon as Lynch becomes a star, thousands of people will be coming out of the woodwork saying how they always liked him.

  5. Drew Brees and Kirk Cousins are unrestricted free agents and McCarron might be granted free agency. Of those three, only McCarron makes sense unless Washington does something stupid and fails for a third time to get a deal done with Cousins. If Denver fails to get one of those three, this defense will get old pretty fast and Denver will be among the departed as far as NFL playoff teams go.

  6. I see a lot of moving pieces this year at the QB position. I think Marshall is right. THe Redskins will sign Alex Smith and Cousins goes to Denver

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