With Peyton Manning retiring and Brock Osweiler bolting for Houston, the Denver Broncos suddenly have a quarterback conundrum on their hands. Denver has traded for Mark Sanchez but can’t feel good about him as the starting quarterback.
So, if you’re in charge of the Broncos, what do you do?
“Well, I would draft a quarterback for sure and then I would see if i could make a trade,” NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I would trade for Colin Kaepernick right now. I’d bring him in there. I’d bring RG3 in. I’d bring them all in. Look at the system. You got John Elway at the very top, you’ve got a championship defense on the other side to compete against every day, and I’d start the process with all the guys – Sanchez, Colin Kaepernick, RG3 and whatever rookie you bring in. I’d bring them all in and I would go through the whole process and see who looks better and who competes best day in and day out and I’d start whittling them down.”
It’s not going to be easy. Griffin didn’t play a single snap in 2015, Kaepernick played just nine games and was benched for Blaine Gabbert, and Mark Sanchez is, well, Mark Sanchez.
“They’re not going to find Peyton Manning in that group,” Baldinger said. “You can forget about 55 touchdown passes or whatever. But I would try to whittle it down and I would bring them all in. I think that’s the best method right now.”
Baldinger was surprised that Osweiler, 25, left Denver for Houston, even with a four-year, $72 million contract offer.
“If it’s just about the money, you tend to make a lot of mistakes when you do that,” Baldinger said. “He had a group of people (in Denver) that really believed in him. (They) drafted him, developed him and gave him an opportunity. If he felt spurned because Peyton Manning got a chance to come back and play and win a championship, then he just doesn’t understand what Peyton Manning means to this league and to that organization. I was surprised that he left. Denver is a much better team and it’s a better organization. They’ve proven that over a long period of time. So yeah, I’m surprised that he left and went to Houston.”