Keep him as a backup
As I stated in the intro, Lock backed up Teddy Bridgewater for most of last season but started the final three games because of Bridgewater’s concussion.
In a backup role, Lock threw 111 passes, completing 67 of them for 787 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in six appearances.
The way the Broncos would keep Lock would be based on what they feel new quarterbacks coach Klint Kubiak can get out of him. The Broncos obviously saw enough from Lock’s college career to take him in the second round and some even viewed him as a potential first-round pick.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, with Kubiak as his offensive coordinator, threw for 33 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions. Hypothetically, in the best-case scenario with Lock, the Broncos could potentially get that sort of performance.
The main difference here is that the Broncos would not be paying Lock anywhere close to the salary Cousins is currently getting in Minnesota. Cousins currently would cost the Vikings $45 million against the salary cap in 2022.
The Broncos have a lot of talent around the quarterback position. They just have yet to get it right with the most important position on the team. Is Klint Kubiak the answer?