Broncos free agency: 5 quarterbacks the team could still target

Denver Broncos QB targets - Mitchell Trubisky. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports
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Nick Foles, Denver Broncos
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The Broncos would need to trade for Nick Foles because of the dead cap charge the Bears would incur if they cut him, but the Broncos also might not have to give much up at all in a trade for Foles if that’s what goes down.

Because of the Bears’ cap situation, obvious desire to change quarterbacks, and Foles’ financial impact on their cap if released, the Broncos actually might be able to get something from the Bears to take Foles off their hands, or at least not lose much in a pick swap to take him.

Acquiring Foles (who has two years left on his contract) would cost the Broncos $4 million against the 2021 salary cap, a very reasonable base salary for a backup quarterback.

Foles obviously has a ton of experience in the NFL including helping the Eagles win a Super Bowl not too long ago.

Outside of Philadelphia, though, Foles has been unable to find his footing. Pat Shurmur (along with Chip Kelly) helped coach Foles to the best season he’s had as a pro back in 2013, so perhaps the Broncos feel like they have the combination between Shurmur and Shula to get the best out of Foles, whatever that exactly is at this point.

In his last two stints with Chicago and Jacksonville, Foles has also gotten hurt, which doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence.

Still, it’s possible the Broncos’ front office and pro scouting will view Foles as the ideal option because of the two years at a reasonable price remaining on his contract, plus his value in the quarterback room as a veteran who has reached the pinnacle of the sport.