3 non-Aaron Rodgers QB options the Denver Broncos could consider
The Denver Broncos may or may not get Aaron Rodgers in 2022, but what about some of these other options at the quarterback position?
The 2022 offseason is about to be a wild one for the Denver Broncos. One way or another, it feels like general manager George Paton is going to be aggressive and get an upgrade over Teddy Bridgewater at the QB position.
Everyone wants to know yesterday who is going to be the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos in 2022, and many in Broncos Country would prefer it to be Green Bay Packers back-to-back MVP Aaron Rodgers. But what if it’s not?
Where would the Broncos turn in the event that Rodgers is not available? It could be a lot of different directions, and we’re here to explore them all.
Non-Aaron Rodgers QB options for the Denver Broncos
1. Carson Wentz, Colts
There are some really valid points against a possible acquisition of Carson Wentz.
Injury history is something to consider here.
Wentz’s overall play hasn’t been consistent.
The fact that he wasn’t able to help get the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs this past season is certainly notable considering one of his former Eagles coaches — Frank Reich — was supposed to be the one coach that could really get the best out of him.
Still, I think Wentz is a viable option for the Denver Broncos for a variety of other reasons.
First and foremost, Wentz is one of the only players that could potentially be available this offseason that has been a legitimate MVP candidate in the past. Even if that list also includes Rodgers and Russell Wilson, Wentz is on a short list there.
Wentz is also just 29 years old and might have some longer-term upside.
With an average base salary of $21 million over the next three years (in a trade), Wentz’s contract is palatable and if he gets released, you might be able to get him for an even better bargain than that.
Wentz has three seasons in his NFL career with 27 or more touchdowns, a figure that would certainly be appealing for the Denver Broncos who haven’t had that kind of production under center since 2014.
He showed some progression this past season from what we had all seen with the Philadelphia Eagles, and cut down his interceptions from 15 to 7 despite attempting almost 100 more passes this season compared to last season.
Is Wentz the MVP type of player he once was? I’m not certain of that, but if the Broncos can’t get Aaron Rodgers, Wentz is a far more appealing option than bringing back Teddy Bridgewater and probably over the 2022 NFL Draft as well.
I think Wentz got a bit of a raw deal this past season as the Colts didn’t really have any options at receiver or tight end that I would take over the guys currently on the Broncos’ roster. The ground game was dominant with Jonathan Taylor, but Zach Pascal and Mo-Alie Cox were in the top five for the Colts in targets.
There are plenty of options to scoff at, but a 29-year old former MVP candidate who is coming off of a 27-touchdown season and has a team-friendly contract is not one of them.