6 reasons the Denver Broncos are the best spot for Matthew Stafford
Why the Denver Broncos are the best spot for Matthew Stafford
5. Denver’s track record of success with veteran QBs
Of course in the NFL, it’s ideal if you can draft your own franchise quarterback. The Kansas City Chiefs suffered through decades of Denver Broncos success before landing Patrick Mahomes in 2017, and Mahomes looks like a truly generational-type of player at his position.
Since John Elway retired, the Denver Broncos have become somewhat masters of bringing in veteran quarterbacks and having tremendous success with them.
When free agent Jake Plummer came aboard in 2003, he led the Denver Broncos to 39 wins in 54 starts, making the playoffs in three straight seasons (2003-05) and reaching the AFC Championship game in 2005. The Plummer-led Broncos were the first team to ever beat Tom Brady in the postseason, in case you ever need that answer on Jeopardy.
After Plummer, the Broncos’ primary starters were Jay Cutler, Kyle Orton, and Tim Tebow. In 2012, John Elway made arguably the biggest free agent acquisition in NFL history by signing Peyton Manning.
Manning was an instant MVP candidate for the Denver Broncos from 2012-14 and helped the team win Super Bowl 50 in the 2015 season.
Stafford is going to be 33 this season and the Broncos can point directly to the precedence of great success for other veteran quarterbacks to come through town.