Next week’s NFL Scouting Combine promises to deliver a whirlwind of chatter, gossip and juicy rumors.
The machine is already churning in Denver, where the future of quarterback Trevor Siemian is entirely up in the air.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported cheap nfl jerseys Wednesday that Siemian is expected to be available through a trade as the Broncos plan to aggressively overhaul their quarterback room, per a source informed of the situation.
Rapoport was told that next season’s roster could include 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch and two new signal-callers.
Denver is expected to make a powerful push for free-agent mega-prize Kirk Cousins. If the former Redskins quarterback can’t be lured west, additional open-market possibilities include Case Keenum, AJ McCarron, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford.
The Broncos also sit in solid position to grab a top college prospect with the fifth-overall pick in the draft. Finally, there’s the case of Tyrod Taylor, who might be available through a trade if Broncos football czar John Elway has eyes for the Bills quarterback.
As for Siemian, he’s not about to drum up a storm of demand on the open market. A late-round pick should do the trick, but it’s just as likely the former starter is released. Last year’s meltdown aside, Siemian would make for a reliable backup if he can stay healthy.
It’s worth noting that ex-Broncos offensive coordinator Rick Dennison is now an assistant with the passer-needy Jets, while Siemian’s former quarterbacks coach, Greg Knapp, is with the Falcons — a team in need of an upgrade over the age-old Matt Schaub.
It’s anyone’s guess where Siemian will wind up, but one reality is crystal clear: The Broncos are rebooting the machine under center.
The Denver Broncos have a meeting scheduled with Mike McCartney — the agent who represents quarterbacks Kirk Cousins, Trevor Siemian and Senior Bowl MVP Kyle Lauletta — in Indianapolis this week, 9NEWS has learned.
According to NFL rules, McCartney and Broncos’ general manager John Elway can talk about Siemian and Lauletta all they want. Siemian is expected to be trade bait in the coming weeks. Let’s talk about this, guys.
Lauletta is the Richmond quarterback who in the college all-star game last month lit up Vance Joseph’s South secondary for 198 yards and three touchdowns on 8 of 12 passing.
But with all due respect to Siemian, an overachieving, 2015 seventh-round draft pick who became Denver’s starting quarterback the past two seasons, or Lauletta, a projected mid- to late-round draft pick in late-April, they are afterthoughts in the Broncos’ offseason plans.
If the Broncos are to jump from 5-11 AFC West doormat to 10-6-ish playoff contender in 2018 and legit Super Bowl contender in 2019, they must land Cousins.
Signing Cousins would surge bolts of enthusiasm into Broncos Country. Signing a quarterback other than Cousins would deliver diminishing jolts of excitement.