Denver Broncos Offer Brock Osweiler Big Money Deal
Since the Broncos ended the season with a Super Bowl victory, the biggest question mark for next season is who would be playing quarterback for the defending champs. That question may have been answered Saturday (March 5, 2016). Many have expected the Broncos to move on from their relationship with future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, either through retirement or releasing him. Most thought it would be through retirement, however, many sources of the past week have reported that Peyton is wanting to come back for one more season, be it for the Broncos or another team.
Bronco Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway has stated several times that they intended to move forward with Osweiler as the teams starting quarterback. However, with Osweiler eligible to be a free agent on the open market on Wednesday (March 9, 2016) at 2 p.m., it was unknown if the Broncos would be able to get a deal done in time, to prevent a possible bidding war with other teams.
On Saturday, the Broncos made Osweiler a three-year, $45 million offer, averaging out to $15 a year. In 2015, that would make Brock the 9th highest paid Quarterback in the league... not back for a player that has had only a handful of starts in his career.
UPDATED (Sunday, March 6, 2016, 10:00 a.m.):
It's being reported that Bronco Quarterback Peyton Manning has announced his retirement. It will be confirmed at a press conference Monday morning. This contract to Osweiler may have foretold Manning’s retirement announcement. Manning may have informed the team on Friday or Saturday, prompting them to try to lock down Osweiler before he hits the open market later this week.