Brock Osweiler remaining focused on Super Bowl, not NFL future
Despite how strangely the season progressed for the Denver Broncos as it relates to the quarterback position, Brock Osweiler insists he’s remaining focused on backing up Peyton Manning in Super Bowl 50, not his own NFL future.
With most of the talk this week revolving around whether or not Manning will hang it up at the conclusion of Sunday’s game, Osweiler, who made eight appearances in replacing an injured and ineffective Manning during the season before being pulled in a Week 17 game against the San Diego Chargers, insists he’s not concerning himself with what lies ahead.
“I can’t control it,” he said Monday, via azcentral.com. “My college coordinator (Noel Mazzone) told me my sophomore year in college, ‘Brock, only worry about the things you can control.’
“And I can’t control whether Peyton keeps playing football or he doesn’t. So I’m not going to think about it. I’m not going to worry about it. I’m going to show up and do my job to the best of my abilities every day, every week.”
Osweiler is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, setting up a potentially substantial payday, no matter how Manning’s decision plays out. When asked if he’s thought about it, Osweiler denied looking to far into the future.
“I haven’t had time to,” he said. “When we’re not on the practice field, I’m watching tape, and when I’m not watching tape, I’m doing body work or something like that. When that bridge comes, we’ll cross it at that time.”
The Broncos don’t necessarily have to make a long-term decision when it comes to Osweiler should Manning decide to retire. As USA Today’s Tom Pelissero noted, the team could franchise him. And if the 2016 salary cap is $150 million, the quarterback tag would be about $19.6 million, an amount that obviously would be offset by being off the hook for Manning’s salary should he retire.
But as far as this week is concerned, Osweiler simply wants to do his part to help the Broncos win the Super Bowl. Everything else will of course resolve itself in the coming months.