The Denver Broncos could use as much help as possible as they try and improve on a disaster of a 2022 season. While the playoffs are nowhere in sight this year, it would be nice to see the team make an effort in improving the roster—not only for now but for the future.
That didn’t happen on Tuesday, however.
One of the question marks on the team is the status of the quarterback position. While the Denver Broncos do have Russell Wilson for the foreseeable future, they can get out of his contract in the 2026 offseason if things are going drastically wrong. By then, this team better have a plan in place.
They must not have felt that a certain quarterback who was placed on waivers on Monday was the answer or even a consideration. Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was placed on waivers Monday, by the Carolina Panthers and was claimed by the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday.
According to Tankathon, the Broncos are one spot ahead (behind?) of the Rams in terms of draft position/the waiver wire. Denver had priority over the Rams if they wanted Mayfield, as they sit at the third spot in the draft (Seattle’s pick), and the Rams sit at the fourth spot (Detroit’s pick).
While Mayfield’s career has taken a turn for the worst, he still may have been a better backup option than Brett Rypien. The Broncos “lost” practice squad quarterback Josh Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers, who signed him to their active roster, leaving the depth more questionable than it already was.
The Broncos did sign a quarterback to its practice squad recently.
The Denver Broncos will finish the 2022 season with a losing record. The team has suffered six-straight losing seasons since winning Super Bowl 50.
I don’t know. Maybe Mayfield’s career is actually cooked. It’s just hard to believe that the Broncos didn’t even try and claim him. In fact, the Rams were the only team to put in a claim for the former first-overall pick from Oklahoma. What are we doing, George Paton? What are we doing?