There has been a lot of quarterback movement this offseason in the NFL and the carousel ride is seemingly far from being over. We have already seen Jared Goff and Matthew Stafford swapped for each other and that was just the tip of the iceberg. Carson Wentz was traded to the Colts and now, the Denver Broncos could be looking to make a splash.
A number of teams could be in the market for a new quarterback and this is a good offseason to be shopping. There are plenty of rumored players available for trade, headlined by Deshaun Watson and Sam Darnold. Philip Rivers already retired and could be joined by Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees in the coming weeks.
It will be a wild ride to see where all of these quarterbacks land as nearly half the NFL could have a new person under center in 2021 than they did in 2020. One of those teams could potentially be the Broncos.
The Broncos selected quarterback Drew Lock out of Missouri in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Thus far, the results have not been great, as Lock is 8-10 in his career as a starter, going 4-9 in 2020. Lock has a big arm and has shown some flashes, but he has accomplished more becoming a viral gif on the sidelines than as a quarterback on the field.
While Denver isn’t actively looking to upgrade on Lock, if the opportunity presented itself they would be interested. However, they are only looking for an elite upgrade.
According to James Palmer of the NFL Network, the Broncos are only interested in quarterbacks they consider to be in the top group, second-tier players such as Wentz, who has already been moved.
It is anyone’s guess who Denver considers in the top group, but it would be fair to assume Watson is the only player in that group this offseason for quarterbacks already in the NFL. If the opportunity presented itself for them to land one of the top prospects in this year’s draft class, that could also represent someone in the “top group.”
It does make sense for the Broncos to give Lock one more chance. They are building a solid group of playmakers around him with Courtland Sutton returning from injury to join Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Noah Fant.
Most likely, they will bring in a veteran comfortable with being a backup but can start games if need be, such as Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, or Nick Foles.
However, if Lock struggles to take the next step forward, it is likely that the Broncos will be in the market for a new quarterback following the 2021 season.