Three quarterbacks the Broncos ought to think about pursuing in the offseason

Three quarterbacks the Broncos ought to think about pursuing in the offseason

Three quarterbacks the Broncos ought to think about pursuing in the offseason

Three quarterbacks the Broncos ought to think about pursuing in the offseason

The Denver Broncos, who are poised to fire Russell Wilson after a dismal two-year tenure, will be among the teams looking for a quarterback this offseason.

Although Denver doesn’t have many enticing choices going into the summer due to financial constraints and the lack of a top-10 draft pick, the team may need to look in other places before finding a quarterback.

The Broncos should think about pursuing the following three quarterbacks, who have different price points.

Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

After the Bucs’ NFC divisional playoff defeat to Detroit, Mayfield told reporters that he “would love” to re-sign with the team;

however, as the offseason goes on, maybe his thoughts may shift.

Ultimately, the Bucs lost their former offensive coordinator Dave Canales,

who was hired as Carolina’s head coach after helping to resurrect Mayfield’s and Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith’s careers during the previous two seasons.

Denver should make every effort to get the former first overall pick in the draft, Mayfield, should his

departure cause him to take offers from other teams very seriously.

After bouncing around the league in 2022, Mayfield eventually settled in the NFL with Tampa Bay,

where he helped the team capture a division title and its first postseason victory since the 2021 campaign.

Mayfield had career highs in passing yards (4,044), touchdowns (28) and completion percentage (64.3%)

in 17 regular season games while only throwing 10 interceptions.

The Broncos may have to pay an uncomfortable but necessary price for Mayfield’s forthcoming contract,

given the lavish deals that quarterbacks Derek Carr and Daniel Jones signed during the previous summer.

If Wilson is released this offseason, Denver’s dire cap situation (-$23.7M predicted) will only worsen;

that being said, there is still a way to free up enough cash to sign Mayfield.

Over the Cap estimates that the Broncos can generate $112 million in cap space with maximum restructures and $48.3 million through simple contract restructures.

Bo Nix, Oregon Ducks 

Denver’s best bet to improve at quarterback would be to choose higher in the 2024 NFL Draft,

but its options will be constrained because it will have the 12th overall pick.

The Broncos won’t be getting any of Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, or Jayden Daniels until they make a trade,

but there’s a chance Nix will still be available at their current selection position.

Although Nix isn’t a very exciting prospect, his background, arm talent,

and sound decision-making abilities make him a less hazardous choice.

Nix, 23, has started 61 games, more than any other player in college football history.

As a rookie, he may challenge for Denver’s starting job.

After a forgettable time at Auburn, Nix turned things around during his two seasons with the Ducks,

becoming a national leader in scoring and a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

In 2023, Nix not only set the NCAA single-season record for completion percentage (77.4%),

but also led the country in passing touchdowns (45) and was second in passing yards (4,508) with just three interceptions.

Minshew II, Gardner, Indianapolis Colts

Denver should bring in a cost-effective opponent if Jarrett Stidham’s two games,

during which he passed for 496 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception,

impressed head coach Sean Payton enough to put him in the running for the starting job in 2024.

An excellent choice would be Minshew, an NFL starter who has started 37 games,

particularly in light of his surprisingly strong 2023 campaign with Indianapolis.

In 17 games, including 13 starts, Minshew amassed 3,305 passing yards and 18 total touchdowns while filling in for injured rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson.

Under Minshew’s direction, Indianapolis finished as the 10th-ranked scoring offense (23.3 points per game),

and heading into Week 18, they were in contention for the playoffs, despite the unimpressive stats.

The Broncos could still have the opportunity to select a quarterback in the draft by signing Minshew,

who would help them stay competitive in the AFC West, which is expected to be more difficult.

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