Broncos out of race for 2020 quarterback?

Much was said about how stronger the 2020 quarterback class will be and that the Denver Broncos would find their quarterback of the future next year.

Broncos general manager John Elway likes Oregon’s Justin Herbert, who decided to stay in school rather than declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Herbert will declare in 2020, but Elway couldn’t wait when Missouri’s Drew Lock was still available at #42 in the 2019 NFL Draft last week, trading with Cincinnati to move up from #52.

With Lock joining Joe Flacco in the Mile High City, and both quarterbacks on favorable contracts, the Broncos don’t necessarily need to go after a quarterback in the 2020 draft, but that shouldn’t stop Elway from keeping his options open.

Still fresh in the memory is that Arizona traded up to take Josh Rosen 10th overall in 2018 only to draft Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray with the first-overall pick in 2019 then trade Rosen to Miami for a second-round pick.

If Flacco isn’t hitting his prime as Elway has declared and Lock isn’t the answer for the Broncos, it is inconceivable that they are not active in finding the guy in 2020, unless they really like Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, who won’t come out until 2021 at the earliest.

Not only will Herbert declare in 2020, but Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa will also be a headline quarterback.

Georgia’s Jake Fromm, Washington’s Jacob Eason, and Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts should also be in the conversation.

John Elway is a known fan of Oregon QB Justin Herbert

The teams in desperate need of a franchise quarterback are thin at present, so the Broncos could be aggressive in getting their guy, whether that turns out to be Herbert or another quarterback.

Despite trading for Rosen, Miami will be in play, while Cincinnati could look for an instant upgrade on Andy Dalton, who doesn’t have a strong career behind him.

Other teams that could be in the market include Tampa Bay and Tennessee, despite taking quarterbacks first and second overall in 2015. Both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota will be unrestricted free agents in 2020.

New England will continue to look for the heir to Tom Brady (42), while the Los Angeles Chargers could make a move to find an heir to Philip Rivers (38), and New Orleans could pounce for a successor to Drew Brees (40).

Never count out Oakland with Jon Gruden as head coach and the fact that Derek Carr has no further guaranteed money.

Even the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys could look to move on from Jared Goff and Dak Prescott if they do not want to pay an exorbitant salary for a franchise quarterback.

But Elway has spoken of giving Lock the Aaron Rodgers treatment, sitting behind Flacco to learn before receiving the keys to the franchise.

That should preclude the Broncos from the race for a quarterback in 2020, but it will depend on how Flacco and Lock perform in 2019 and if they are the right fit for the Broncos’ offense.

Arizona drafting Murray was mostly based on him being the best fit for Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. If neither Flacco nor Lock flourish in Rich Scangarello’s offense, the Broncos should seriously consider going again in 2020.

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