After missing on quarterback after quarterback post-Peyton Manning, John Elway has relinquished general manager duties for the Broncos. Said new GM will apparently be left to evaluate quarterback Drew Lock going into his third season, without interference of any bias Elway may have and any assurance Lock will be the starter.
Denver has a reasonably large amount of cap space right now, and $18 million more can be cleared if they part ways with Von Miler coming off a major injury. How aggressively they’ll look to add competition for or outright push Lock down the depth chart is unclear, but there will be some options out there (Matthew Stafford, Carson Wentz, Cam Newton, Jameis Winston).
Imagine Watson as a Bronco, throwing to Courtland Sutton (healthy), Jerry Jeudy, Noah Fant and an underappreciated Tim Patrick. Elway might not be involved in grunt work to get a trade done now, but he is sure to have some influence on any big moves this offseason. The Broncos need to do something to keep pace with the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. Finally getting the quarterback right, with bold move for a firmly in-his-prime Watson, would be huge.