Brock Osweiler has just seven career starts, but it looks like he’s about to get a serious payday. According to 9News Denver, the Broncos have offered the impending free agent a three-year deal that is “worth more than $45 million.”
The Broncos appear to have moved on from Peyton Manning regardless of his decision on retirement, which means they are likely putting all of their eggs in the Osweiler basket. The 25-year-old was 5-2 as a starter in 2016, but his pedestrian numbers suggest he may be a ways from being a true franchise quarterback.
In eight games last season, Osweiler completed 61.8 percent of his 275 passes, for 1,967 yards and 10 touchdowns. The downside is that he tossed six interceptions, had a Total QBR of just 48.8 and a passer rating of 86.4. He has some outstanding physical tools, but the Arizona State product appears to have a ways to go before being able to consistently win games at the NFL level. Luckily, with Denver’s dominant defense, he probably wouldn’t be counted on to do that for a while.
With free agency officially opening on Wednesday (players are allowed to negotiate with teams starting Monday), it would appear the Broncos are doing their best to ensure Osweiler doesn’t get away. With quarterback-hungry teams like the Cleveland Browns,
St. Louis Los Angeles Rams and Houston Texans on the prowl for help under center, Osweiler holds all the leverage in this situation. It would make sense for him to hit free agency and see what kind of offers he can get.
This will be one of the more intriguing stories to follow as the free agency negotiation period opens on Monday.