Currently, the Denver Broncos have not inked free agent quarterback Brock Osweiler. It is possible the Broncos will re-sign their young project but, with less than a week before the onset of free agency, Osweiler might want to gauge NFL teams interest in him.
The Broncos General Manager had this to say in regards to bringing Osweiler back.
"Well, I think that’s the hard part," Elway said. "When you look at where the salaries are on quarterbacks, either above $15 million or below $5 million. There’s no middle class of quarterbacks. So that’s where you hope you could get a fair deal with Brock’s people and his representatives. And I think we’ll be able to do that, you never know, but that’s the toughest thing, Mike. Putting that value on that and obviously sometimes what we think the value is and what their value is, is different, but we’ll see if we could come together on that."
It's not always you get such honesty.
It could be viewed as a red flag that the Broncos have not retained Osweiler. It is not often a team allows a quarterback to pursue free agency. Working against the Broncos was the fact their best player - Von Miller - had to be franchised tagged.
Also, the Broncos technically have Super Bowl winning Peyton Manning still on the roster. Although, paying your quarterback to throw a ball five yards and hoping it does not flutter in the wind usually doesn't bestow confidence.
Regardless, Osweiler could be an interesting target for the Rams. By no means is Osweiler a finished project. Starting for a battered and beaten Manning for nine games in 2015, Osweiler threw for 1,967 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Can Osweiler become an elite passer? Maybe. He is only in his fifth season and started in seven games. However there is a real chance that Osweiler could end up being another Nick Foles, who did not perform up to expectations.
If the Rams do attempt to sign Osweiler, it is said that he thinks his value is between $12 - $16 million.
Why should the Rams target Osweiler if he becomes a free agent? It's simple. There isn't much out there. Basically, in free agency, besides Osweiler you have: Ryan Fitzpatrick, who overachieved with two damn good receivers, and two failed quarterbacks in RG3 and Colin Kaepernick. The Rams could also go out and draft a QB. But Carson Wentz and Jared Goff will more than likely be gone when the Rams are on the clock at 15, leaving Paxton Lynch as the only potential face of the franchise that should be drafted in the first round.
If the Rams are going to take a chance, Osweiler could be the best option, even if he is expensive.
If the Rams focus on providing a future quarterback with weapons, like I wrote about in my piece for about.com, the results could end up impressive.
Osweiler did okay with a high volume running game and an elite defense in his 9 games last season. The Rams have a desirable situation for any QB, once they bring in more weapons on offense.
Jeff Fisher brought Foles in to be a game manager. There is a chance Oweiler is better than a game manager, and if that is the case, the team should target the young gunslinger and enter 2016 with a quality quarterback...instead of what they have right now.