There are other benefits to taking Trey Lance in terms of the cost besides just not paying multiple first-round picks in the NFL Draft.
Drafting a quarterback right now would re-set the Denver Broncos’ budget at the position for the next four or five years.
Lock, as mentioned on the previous page, is under contract for another two years with his rookie deal. Lance would be coming in on a rookie deal that would be pennies on the dollar compared to what some of the other top quarterbacks in the league are making right now.
Financially, that’s a massive advantage for general manager George Paton. He can work on re-signing many of the key players that have proven themselves from other recent draft classes (Courtland Sutton, Bradley Chubb, Dalton Risner, Noah Fant, and others) while paying two quarterbacks on rookie contracts.
That would allow the Denver Broncos to be aggressive not only at re-signing their own guys but making upgrades in free agency as well.
The benefits to having a quarterback on a rookie deal in today’s NFL are well-documented at this point. It’s one of the reasons everyone had been so excited about Drew Lock possibly ascending quickly. Unfortunately, entering his third NFL season, we don’t exactly know how he’s going to turn out.