With the 2016 NFL draft only a week away, rumors are heating up regarding the Denver Broncos and what they are going to do with the No. 31 overall pick. Since Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans, the Broncos are in dire need of a competent quarterback if they have any chance of repeating the success that they had in 2015. While the Broncos are going to get a solid player with their first-round pick, there is no chance that any of the top quarterbacks will be available for them to select. According to some NFL insiders, there is a chance that the Broncos trade for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Broncos have recently been linked to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and former New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Since Kaepernick is still a member of the 49ers, the Broncos would have to trade for him. Fitzpatrick is a free agent, so the Broncos can sign him immediately. While both players remain a possibility, it appears as though Fitzpatrick is leaning towards returning to the Jets, and a Kaepernick trade may be too difficult to finalize.
While Bradford has had a disappointing career, he may still be the best option for the Broncos in 2016. Even though former Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez is now a member of the Broncos, he is most likely a backup at this point in his career. While the Eagles struggled last year, Bradford’s play improved tremendously towards the end of the season. With an elite defense and reliable running game, Bradford is more than capable of managing the game for the Broncos and making the necessary throws.
After the Eagles finalized their trade for the No. 2 overall pick with the Cleveland Browns, numerous NFL analysts took to Twitter to discuss the possibility that Bradford could be traded to the Broncos.
Other analysts believe that Bradford will remain with the Eagles.
As reported by Bleeding Green Nation, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is claiming that Bradford is going to be the team’s starting quarterback in 2016. Regardless of what Roseman says, Bradford is available for the right offer. In addition to re-signing Bradford in the offseason, the Eagles also signed former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel. While Wentz is apparently not going to start the first game of the season, the Eagles are paying Daniel enough money for him be their starter in 2016.
As NJ Advance Media reported last month, Bradford makes a ton of sense for the Broncos.
“After losing out on quarterback Brock Osweiler to the Houston Texans, the Denver Broncos are in need of a quarterback. They have a defense that was the dominant unit on a Super Bowl championship and an offense that is talented at the skill position spots. They need a quarterback — and it doesn’t have to be an elite passer. Reports indicate that they might try to trade for 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick, a move that would make some sense, given Kaepernick’s upside. On the other hand, Bradford might make more sense for the Broncos, because he is traditional drop-back passer and would seem to fit the traditional offense head coach Gary Kubiack likes to run. And, believe it or not, the Eagles could trade Bradford to the Broncos if they wanted.”
Since the Eagles are expected to draft North Dakota State Bison quarterback Carson Wentz, Bradford’s days in Philadelphia are numbered. While they may move forward with him in 2016, Daniel allows them the luxury of moving Bradford while still allowing Wentz to develop behind a competent veteran quarterback.
Rumors will continue to link Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford to the Denver Broncos. While there is a chance that the Broncos trade for Colin Kaepernick or sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bradford could be their best chance to get back to the Super Bowl in 2016.
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