Jason’s a Bronco, Yankee fan and his NBA allegiance switches every year. He’s like the breakfast buffet of fans. Loves it all.
*EDITORS NOTE: There’s a soft penis joke in the title. Just letting you know. Carry on. -Uncle Eric
As we start another NFL Offseason, there is yet another new starting QB in Denver. Broncos GM John Elway made a move to bring in a veteran signal caller, dumped by his previous Playoff team, to “stabilize” an abysmal passing attack ranked 19th in the NFL last season…AGAIN. As a Broncos fan, one can only hope the team is not headed for its 3 rd straight losing season behind, well…awful Quarterback play. However, while it may be easy and obvious to jump to ALL the negatives of this trade, there are some positives.
First, with the addition of Flacco meaning the almost certain trade of Case Keenum, the Broncos will remove Keenum’s lofty $18 million contract from the payroll and only take on $500,000 more in Flacco’s contract. Flacco’s 2019 salary is $18.5 million, with zero money guaranteed for the remaining 2 years of his contract, this in theory, should “upgrade” the QB play in 2019 with a minimal cap hit.
Another positive for desperate Bronco fans to talk themselves off a ledge with, is what this move could potentially mean for the future of the QB position in Denver. In a draft class with only 1 unanimous Top 10 QB, and the Broncos holding the #10 Overall pick, this gives them a ton of options in April’s draft, here’s a few:
Move up to Draft Dwayne Haskins: This is the one guy most, if not all, analysts are projecting in the Top 10, however he would cost the #10 pick and more; later round picks, players, etc.
Take a QB at #10: This would seem to be the most obvious route for Elway to go, however with his track record of drafting QB’s and the questions about a number of the QB prospects in this year’s draft, at this point, it seems like they will use the #10 pick to fill holes elsewhere unless Dwayne Haskins somehow falls to 10.
Trade back in the 1st Round to get a QB: With names like Drew Lock, Daniel Jones and even Kyler Murray being mentioned as potentially slipping into the middle of the 1st round, the Broncos could move back in the draft and acquire more picks while still drafting a 1st round talent at QB.
Draft a QB in the 2nd or 3rd Round: A much less popular would be to address one of the many other needs the team has with the #10 Overall pick and look for a QB in the later rounds. While this does not always work out, there are 9 current NFL Starting QB’s that were drafted after the 1st round. Let’s be honest, Elway hasn’t gotten a QB pick right yet, if you’re a Bronco fan, wouldn’t you rather him to get it wrong in the 3 rd or 4 th round then at #10!?
The reality is NFL Offseason has just begun and there is no telling how the QB saga for the Broncos will play out but at the end of the day the question in Denver has not changed…Who will be the QB of the future in Denver and is John Elway going to be the one who finds him?