Denver Broncos quarterback competition now a two-horse race

Aug 27, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) and quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) look on before a preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) and quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) look on before a preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Denver Broncos got the shocking news that Tony Romo will retire from the NFL, leaving Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch to battle it out…

After the shocking news that Tony Romo is retiring from football, the Denver Broncos can officially move on and move forward with their young quarterbacks Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian.

The Broncos were clear in their public comments about being confident in their young quarterbacks, which was the right position to take knowing what we know now. With Romo out of the picture, there can finally be some clarity to this offseason and perhaps some forward movement.

Since the start of free agency, it was apparent the Broncos were waiting on something to happen with Romo. They still have plenty of cap space despite having to sign a draft class and giving back $4.5 million to the NFL that they owed.

With the cap space remaining, they can and hopefully will surround these young quarterbacks with as much talent as possible.

It was reported on Monday that Paxton Lynch had arrived in Denver a week prior to OTAs to start getting to work a little bit early.

Lynch will have a bit of a head start over Siemian this offseason due to the fact that Siemian is making his way back from shoulder surgery earlier this offseason. Siemian, however, has been hanging around the facility to rehab, so it’s uncertain how much ground he will ultimately have to make up when the first on-field drills start later this month.

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For now, the Broncos get some much needed clarity on the direction of the offseason. Romo would have been a nice pickup as far as bringing a veteran presence to the offense, but he seems at peace with his career and the Broncos have repeatedly said they love these two young players.

Now, we move to the draft for quarterback help. The Broncos have a player with a year of starting experience in the league, and they have a young player in Paxton Lynch that they believe can be the future of the franchise. There’s no need to go and use a bunch of money on a veteran quarterback if he doesn’t have a chance to start for your team.

They could look to a ‘young veteran’ again like they did with Austin Davis, but to me, that’s a waste of a roster space. If you want to have a third quarterback, get someone that you can develop and ultimately have some value from.

The battle between Siemian and Lynch in training camp for the starting quarterback job will be exciting, and hopefully one of these guys can help get the Broncos back into the playoffs sooner than later.