Report: Broncos will do everything possible to keep Brock Osweiler
Despite being fresh off a Super Bowl championship, the Denver Broncos are in the midst of navigating a truly difficult conundrum at the quarterback position. The team has stated that it will allow Peyton Manning all the time he needs to decide whether to retire or return for the 2016 NFL season.
While the notion of the soon-to-be 40-year-old actually coming back for one last rodeo seems a long shot at best, the Broncos nevertheless find themselves in limbo concerning who will be under center come next season, as Brock Osweiler — the team’s presumable No. 1 option outside of Manning — is slated to shortly hit free agency.
But despite Manning arguably handcuffing the Broncos organization, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports that the team will do everything in its power to hold on to Osweiler, regardless of what Manning ultimately decides.
"@Broncos will do everything they possibly can to make sure he doesn't hit the market."
– @RapSheet on Osweiler pic.twitter.com/gJ9GEGU9cC
— NFL Total Access (@NFLTotalAccess) February 23, 2016
The Broncos and Osweiler’s agent reportedly will initiate talks this week at the NFL Scouting Combine, reports 9News Mike Klis, but the exact nature of those discussions are unclear.
Manning technically has until March 9 to declare his intent concerning 2016, as that date marks the official start of the new league year. But if he is still on the Broncos roster on that date, his $19 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed, a number that drastically compromises the team’s ability to reasonably negotiate a deal with Osweiler, who surely will command a hefty salary on the free agent market despite being an arguably unproven commodity.
Osweiler stated earlier this month that he hopes to remain part of “a very special group” and stay with the Broncos despite his looming free agent status.
But it’s all too clear that until Manning — whom the Broncos reportedly are wary of bringing back “at any price”– informs the team of his decision, the organization’s hands are tied when it comes to actually hammering out anything of any substance with Osweiler.