Denver Broncos could bring in a quarantine QB

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Due to the pandemic, the Denver Broncos could choose to sign a fourth quarterback and stash him on the practice squad.

It’s a crazy time in the world and that also includes sports. For the Denver Broncos and every other team in the NFL, there are new rules, including the ability to sign a quarterback, but not have him at the facility.

That, my friends, is the quarantine QB.

So, what exactly are the rules for the quarantine quarterback? Well, if a team decided to go this route, they would sign said quarterback to the practice squad. That player would not attend games.

Instead, they would just have to pay attention to what is going on with the team from television during games, and also have the chance to be present during zoom meetings.

Per Mike Klis, the Broncos did their due diligence on quarterback Trevor Siemian this offseason while he was a free agent. As you know, Siemian was a member of the Broncos from 2015 to 2017 and started some games for them.

As a starter, Siemian was not spectacular. But he could have been a reliable backup to Drew Lock and Jeff Driskel (who is the immediate backup to Lock). That ship sailed, however, when he signed with the Tennessee Titans.

Some of the available quarterbacks the Broncos could consider bringing in include former Bronco Kyle Sloter, career backup Josh McCown, former Jaguars starter Blake Bortles, and former Lion Jake Rudock.

No, none of these guys are spectacular. I mean, if they were, they would not be available to consider as a fourth quarterback.

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The hope, obviously, is that Drew Lock remains healthy for the entirety of the 2020 season (and really for every game, every year). If the Broncos were in a situation where the fourth quarterback was in need, their season would pretty much be lost.