5 high-upside reclamation QBs the Broncos, Sean Payton should target

Sayre Bedinger
Denver Broncos, Sean Payton; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield (17) throws the ball against the Denver Broncos in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos, Sean Payton; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield (17) throws the ball against the Denver Broncos in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sean Payton, Denver Broncos; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Drew Lock (2) in the pocket in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

5. Drew Lock, Seattle Seahawks OR Teddy Bridgewater, Miami Dolphins (2023 free agents)

I can already just feel the seething coming from the comments section, the boo birds out in full force.

Who is this “writer” suggesting Drew Lock return to the Denver Broncos? I can’t believe anyone in their right mind would suggest this! It’s amazing what so-called “experts” will put out there these days. Clickbait!

Alright, just hear me out on this. The adults can have a conversation here. As a backup QB option, I wouldn’t hate the return of Drew Lock to Denver. If Brock Osweiler can come back to the Broncos after this…

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HOUSTON, TX – MAY 14: Brock Osweiler #17 of the Houston Texans takes his turn at bat during the JJ Watt Charity Softball Classic at Minute Maid Park on May 14, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

…then there’s zero doubt in my mind that fences could be mended between the Broncos and Drew Lock. Is this the likeliest scenario? Absolutely not. Drew Lock probably doesn’t want to come back to the organization that just traded him a year ago. But what if playing for Sean Payton is the best thing for his career? Maybe Drew will have more options than meets the eye. Maybe Andy Reid will come calling, or maybe Kyle Shanahan.

Then again, the people who were in charge of the Broncos when Lock was drafted are not around. Vic Fangio, who seemingly hated Drew Lock, is not around. Pat Shurmur is not around. Lock could carve out a nice role for himself if he’s willing to be the backup to Russell Wilson and I think that would be a high-upside play given Payton’s history of putting QBs in positions to succeed.

Speaking of, what about another reunion? How about Teddy “two gloves” Bridgewater back to Denver? Again, it seems unlikely from Teddy’s perspective that he would want to come back to the Broncos, but everyone has their price, don’t they?

He might not be as high-upside at this point, but he does have history with Sean Payton and he has history with the Broncos. You never know.

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