Any team desperate enough for a quarterback should consider giving the Denver Broncos a call, now that they’ve officially made Trevor Siemian available for trade talks. However, there isn’t likely to be any takers in the Siemian sweepstakes, especially if it means giving up future assets.
Pulling off that kind of deal would be like Broncos general manager John Elway fishing with his bare hands.
This story is more likely to end with the Broncos releasing Siemian in the offseason, and another team quickly picking him up to serve as their backup. Make no mistake, the 26-year-old quarterback would be a tremendous backup for any team lacking in depth at the position. He has plenty of experience leading an offense, and he has shown the ability to get hot occasionally. It obviously isn’t often; otherwise, he’d still be in a Broncos uniform in 2018.
“I haven’t thought that far ahead to be honest with you,” Siemian said in January, when asked if he expected to be back with the Broncos in 2018, via ESPN’s Jeff Legwold. “As far as I know, I’m under contract another year. Excited to be back here. I have a lot of great teammates and coaches here. It’s a good group to be a part of.”
This is the worst year possible for Siemian to be a free agent.
The Brock Osweiler contract isn’t coming in an offseason where more capable talent like Kirk Cousins, Sam Bradford, Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Tyrod Taylor could be made available.
Not to mention that we are only a few months away from a draft that’s deeper at the quarterback position than it has been in years.
Teams would be better off using their draft picks on potential prospects rather than wasting them on a quarterback that’s reached his ceiling. After the Broncos issue a release, his phone should be ringing non-stop with offers. Waiting until Siemian is free for the taking would be the most sensible move by an NFL team, but history has shown teams don’t always choose the sensible option.
It wouldn’t be surprising if some general manager watched Nick Foles lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots, thinking to himself, “I could do that with Trevor Siemian.”
That kind of thinking is the fastest path to the unemployment line.