The Broncos will have some options at quarterback when the dust settles following Peyton Manning’s retirement. Here are five potential fits.
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ROBERT GRIFFIN III
If Denver want some youth with untapped potential, former first-round pick Griffin might be the best option. Shunned in Washington after bursting on to the scene as Rookie of the Year in 2012, Griffin’s speed and accuracy might be a perfect match for Gary Kubiak’s bootleg offence. Plus, they would be able to buy low.
The same speed of Griffin with a cannon for an arm, Kaepernick, who wants out of San Francisco 49ers, has to intrigue Denver. But the Broncos would have to trade for him, while they could sign Griffin outright. He has led a team to a Super Bowl before, so the talent is there.
Not the best athlete or the biggest arm, but he is a proven veteran who is coming off a career year with the New York Jets, and after Griffin, is the top free agent quarterback available.
Would simply be a stopgap option, but there is some serendipity to signing the guy who Brock Osweiler is replacing in Houston.
The Broncos will almost surely draft a young quarterback, but the options might be slim at the No 31 pick in the first round. Such is the price you pay for winning the Super Bowl. If Week 1 comes and the Broncos start with a rookie, they are clearly playing for the future.