The Denver Broncos are rumored to be ramping up their hunt for a quarterback, making an inquiry about Buffalo Bills signal caller Tyrod Taylor and reportedly looking to the NFL draft to find a potential new starter.
The Broncos were left in quarterback limbo this offseason after Brock Osweiler decided to jump ship to the Houston Texans. Osweiler had been groomed as the team’s next starter following the retirement of Peyton Manning, but now the Super Bowl champions are back to the drawing board to find a starter.
The Broncos seemed close, again, to landing a quarterback after moving forward on trade talks with the San Francisco 49ers regarding Colin Kaepernick, but the deal hit a major snag over $4.9 million of his contract. The Broncos reportedly wanted the 49ers to pay that portion of his contract, but San Francisco declined at such a hefty payout for a player they had planned to keep on the roster.
With that deal seemingly in the rear view, the Denver Broncos are rumored to have inquired into Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor this week. After backing up Joe Flacco in Baltimore for the previous four seasons, Taylor had a coming out party in 2015, throwing for 3,035 yards and 20 touchdowns while going 8-6.
Realistically, what would it take for Denver to get Tyrod from Buffalo? Is there even a realistic deal you'd accept? https://t.co/QxCtkd70RZ
— Ryan Talbot (@RyanTalbotBills) April 7, 2016
The Denver Broncos almost landed Tyrod Taylor this offseason, and actually offered him more money than he ended up taking with the Buffalo Bills. But Taylor took the opportunity to become a starter, and in the preseason he beat out E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel for the starting job.
Report: Broncos have asked about Tyrod Taylor https://t.co/GMDQ2xmFnz
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 7, 2016
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) April 7, 2016
As Scout.com notes, there is very little chance that the Buffalo Bills would find any reason to deal Taylor to the Denver Broncos after such a fantastic season.
“Although the Bills are looking closely at quite a few quarterbacks in this year’s draft class, there’s little chance that Buffalo would deal Taylor. The quarterback is entering the final deal of his contract with Buffalo and if his strong play continues, the Bills will do everything in their power to re-sign Taylor long-term.”
The snags in their quest for a quarterback have left the Denver Broncos with a few options; they can move forward with journeyman Mark Sanchez, who they acquired this offseason, or can look to the draft.
As head coach Gary Kubiak revealed this week, they’re planning to pursue both possibilities, USA Today reported.
“Asked if he felt a pressing need to add a veteran quarterback to the mix, Kubiak said. “I feel good about the two guys that we have. We’ll see what happens. You know, you continue to move forward and try to get better, but I’m going to stay focused on Mark and Trevor right now and doing everything I can to get ready for this draft right now, which is extremely important.”
“The Broncos have the 31st pick because New England lost its first-rounder in the ‘Deflategate’ saga, and Kubiak spoke highly of this year’s crop of quarterbacks.”
“It’s a good group and we’ll do our work on all of them,” Kubiak said. “[B]ut hopefully when we come out of the draft we’ll be a better football team at a lot of positions, not just there.”
Will Brinson of CBS Sports has another idea for the Denver Broncos to address their quarterback problems: Mike Glennon. The Buccaneers quarterback has a very similar skill set to Brock Osweiler, he noted, and could be an easier get for the Broncos than Colin Kaepernick or Tyrod Taylor proved to be.
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