Ever since the start of the free agency period at the beginning of March, the retirement of Peyton Manning, and Brock Osweiler signing with the Houston Texans, there’s been a lot of speculation on who would be taking the snaps from center for the defending Super Bowl champs, the Denver Broncos. Not just in 2016, but for years to come.
First, speculation centered on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, or New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Then Robert Griffin III entered the discussion, until he signed with the Cleveland Browns.
After Johnny Manziel was let go by the Browns, there were some that were bringing up the possibility of him signing with Denver. That thought was quickly dismissed by the Broncos.
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Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor became a possibility along with former Cleveland Browns qB Bryan Hoyer. In the midst of this, the Broncos made a trade for Philadelphia backup Mark Sanchez to join the only incumbent quarterback the Broncos have, third stringer Trevor Siemian. But, what was always on
But, what was always on everyone's’ mind was drafting a quarterback. The Broncos looked at some of the available quarterbacks in the 2016 NFL draft, and determined the ones that fit with them the best.
However, drafting at the 31st position didn’t exactly ensure that the quarterback they wanted would be available when their turn came.
When the draft finally came on April 28th, the Broncos quietly watched Jarod Goff and Carson Wentz get taken in the first two picks of the night. There was speculation the Broncos' man would be chosen by the New York Jets, or by Western Division rival Kansas City.
When the 26th pick in the first round, owned by Seattle, came up, the Broncos worked out a trade with the Seahawks. Denver then picked their man, Memphis State’s Paxton Lynch. Lynch may be a raw talent, and he’ll take time to develop, but his abilities are a fit for coach Gary Kubiak's’ West Coast offense.
Lynch is also big, standing 6-foot-7, and weighing 244, plus he has a cannon arm and runs a 4.86 40.
He’s due between $7-8 million guaranteed over the next four years, so he fits into the tight salary cap the Broncos currently have.
John Elway has had a string of successes since becoming the Broncos' Vice President of Football Operations.
The full impact of this move won’t be seen for a couple of years, but there’s a good chance this will result in more championship trophies in the Broncos' Englewood, Colorado offices. By the reaction Lynch showed to being drafted by Denver, he’s as enthused about becoming a Bronco as the rabid fan base is about him coming to Denver.