According to Mike Klis, the Denver Broncos will work out – and likely sign – veteran QB Christian Ponder after his workout Wednesday.
Things are worse for Peyton Manning than any of us could have anticipated.
Ponder is being worked out in an emergency situation to give the Broncos a contingency plan in case of injury to Brock Osweiler, obviously, and he’s got some starting experience in the league. Though, in a time when teams have been desperate for QBs, he’s still available.
Ponder was most recently on the roster of the Oakland Raiders (gross) after being let go by the Minnesota Vikings, who took him with the 12th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
That was the same draft the Broncos selected Von Miller in with the 2nd overall pick behind QB Cam Newton.
The bigger issue here is not bringing Ponder in, but what that means for Peyton Manning. As was previously written, the Broncos attempted to put a waiver claim on QB Jimmy Clausen, who was picked up by the Baltimore Ravens. It seems odd that Denver would so desperately try to get a quarterback if Manning were only going to be out for a couple of weeks.
After all, you don’t just up and go see specialized doctors for minor injuries. Manning is going to be in a walking boot for at least a week and then he’ll resume his rehabilitation. That should be given no direct timeframe, even for the Iron Manning.
If Ponder is signed on Wednesday, as expected, the Broncos now have ample depth at TE and could choose to create some room on the roster by making a move there, possibly with Richard Gordon.
This impending veteran QB signing would likely put Trevor Siemian back on the gameday inactive list, unless the Broncos decide they want to suit up all three just in case.
The Broncos are now definitely Brock Osweiler’s team. Ponder that.