The recent re-signings of wide receivers Tim Patrick and Courtland Sutton could attract a top-tier quarterback to the Broncos in 2022.
Over the last several years, the Denver Broncos have not found their long-term franchise quarterback. Through Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, to Case Keenum and Joe Flacco, and then more recently Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater, it is safe to say that they could use a high-profile veteran.
The Broncos clearly don’t view Drew Lock as a guy that can lead this team very far. Otherwise, he would be starting over Bridgewater.
Bridgewater is set to become an unrestricted free agent during the 2022 offseason and if the team can upgrade the position, they will.
That possibility has potentially gotten a lot easier with the recent re-signings of wide receivers Tim Patrick and Courtland Sutton. Patrick has re-signed for three seasons, while Sutton will be around due to a four-year extension.
Both of these players have shown tremendous growth over the last several years and have proven to be very reliable no matter who the quarterback is for the Denver Broncos. It’s impressive that the team was able to sign both wide receivers to these deals. The timing of the extensions cannot go unnoticed.
If they had waited, there would have been a chance that either of them would outplay what the Broncos maybe would have wanted to pay them.
The timing of these re-signings is also great in that potential quarterback acquisitions will be able to see the receivers’ production post-extensions and that, to me, has a strong impact on the desire to join the Denver Broncos in the offseason.
Denver Broncos: Free Agent quarterbacks
Several quarterbacks have been linked to the Denver Broncos for a while now, including Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, and Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans (pending legal situation).
The best option in free agency during the 2022 offseason might just be Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who was released by the New England Patriots during the season and signed back to the team that drafted him first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.
This could turn out to be a Peyton Manning-type of situation where a top quarterback joins the team and eventually leads to the Promised Land, that being the Super Bowl and a Championship.
The Broncos have all the talent they need at the wide receiver position. With another year in the league for everybody on offense, including tight end Noah Fant and running back Javonte Williams, this offense has a chance to be exceptional.
Aaron Rodgers was upset with the Packers when they let Jake Kumerow go in final roster cuts of 2020. The Packers lost wide receiver Randall Cobb to the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. Cobb then signed with the Houston Texans in 2020 before eventually getting traded back to Green Bay.
Rodgers would not have to worry about that with the Denver Broncos. The team is in win-now mode and all they really need is an upgrade at quarterback and some coaching changes.
I have a strong feeling that George Paton is not done making top moves.