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3 QBs the Broncos Can Add to Compete with Drew Lock

By michael obermuller
The Broncos can still bring in these three quarterback candidates to compete with Drew Lock.
The Broncos can still bring in these three quarterback candidates to compete with Drew Lock. / Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

So far John Elway's Drew Lock experiment has largely failed with the Denver Broncos. The franchise has been pretty open about admiting that he may not be the answer, with head coach Vic Fangio putting pressure on the QB to step up.

Given that Denver is reportedly looking to add another QB, here are three quarterbacks the Broncos can pursue this offseason to compete with Lock.

3. Alex Smith, Free Agency

Alex Smith
One option is to sign veteran Alex Smith. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Mitchell Trubisky, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Andy Dalton and all the top free agent quarterbacks have already mostly signed, but one of the few that hasn't is veteran Alex Smith. Although it was out of a weak division, Smith led the Washington Football Team to the playoffs in 2020, and also won the Comeback Player of the Year Award. The former Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers QB has always been known for his accuracy in the short-game, but his age and re-injury risk will probably limit him to an offer like this. Lock had a miserable 57.3 completion percentage last season, something Smith would improve on.

2. Marcus Mariota, Trade

Marcus Mariota
Marcus Mariota's second chance could be with the Denver Broncos. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

A creative option would be to trade for Las Vegas Raiders backup and former Tennessee Titans starter Marcus Mariota. Lock doesn't have the raw potential or the tools that Mariota has, and word is the Raiders are asking him to take a pay cut to stay with the franchise. If Mariota refuses the salary cut, the Raiders will then waive him in an attempt to find a cheap trading partner. Denver could easily step in as that partner by taking on Mariota's deal and sacrificing a low-end draft pick.

1. Trey Lance, Draft

Trey Lance
The Denver Broncos best option is to draft Trey Lance at No. 9 overall. / Sam Wasson/Getty Images

The best course of action for Denver may be to just start from scratch with a clean slate. In this scenario, they draft a new franchise quarterback in the first round at ninth overall, but keep Lock for one season as the placeholder starter if the rookie isn't ready. North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance makes sense in this regard. The Broncos may be able to get him at No. 9 overall, and Lance might benefit from some time on the sideline. Mac Jones may be an alternative if Lance goes before Denver's pick.

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