Denver Broncos: In-League QBs to look at for 2022

Denver Broncos, Aaron Rodgers. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos, Russell Wilson
Denver Broncos 2021 offseason, QB Russell Wilson. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans

I’ll keep this short and sweet.  If Watson is cleared of ALL wrongdoing, the Broncos should try to acquire him.

If Deshaun Watson is not cleared of ALL wrongdoing, the Broncos should stay away.

I think this is all self-explanatory.  He’s really good, but there’s a lot of unknowns right now.  He may be out of football in 2021 anyway, so the earliest he could be traded is the 2022 offseason.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

Do y’all remember the Russell Wilson trade saga that happened for a couple of weeks this offseason?  I think it has some merit.

The Seahawks haven’t been relevant in the playoffs since 2014, and I think Pete Carroll’s happy-go-lucky coaching is starting to grow old for Russ.

You see, Wilson is the complete opposite.  He’s one of the best, most outspoken leaders this league has ever seen, and takes insane care of his body.

Russ understands what losing in the playoffs yet again could do to his legacy.  He’s already a first-ballot HOFer, but he can be so much more.

If Seattle falls short again this offseason, I would not be surprised to see Russell Wilson request a trade.  I liken this situation to that of the former Matthew Stafford-Detroit Lions’ long marriage; constant underachieving eventually pushed Stafford out of the city, after a long and dedicated tenure.

I can see the same situation happening with Russ and the Seahawks, and if it does, Seattle would most definitely love to ship him far away.

Fortunately, the Broncos are out of conference and would provide a nice landing spot for the Super Bowl champion.

The numbers make sense, too.  If he is traded post-June 1st next year, Seattle saves $24 million against the cap and only incurs $13 million in dead money.  I would not be surprised if Russell Wilson didn’t finish his career in Seattle, and Denver would be a perfect spot for him.

With the overall uncertainty of the Broncos’ QB position, and the sheer challenge finding a franchise QB can be, acquiring an established veteran for the 2022 season might make the most sense.