5 free agent quarterbacks Broncos should consider in 2022

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Whether it’s through the draft, via trade or by signing a free agent, the Denver Broncos seem likely to add at least one new quarterback to the roster during the offseason.

The Broncos still have seven games remaining this year, but with neither Teddy Bridgewater nor Drew Lock expected to be the long-term answer at QB, it’s hard not to look ahead to the team’s potential options in 2022.

Below is a quick look at five upcoming free agents Denver should consider.

5. Marcus Mariota (28)

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Mariota is not an ideal starting candidate, but if the Broncos draft a quarterback, Mariota could fill the veteran mentor role and, if needed, start while a young QB develops.

4. Tyrod Taylor (32)

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Much like Mariota, Taylor is a quality backup with plenty of starting experience in his career. Taylor has served as a mentor for young QBs in the past and he’s been a serviceable starter, helping the Buffalo Bills reach the playoffs in 2017. Denver tried to trade for Taylor in 2018 after previously attempting to sign the QB in 2015.

3. Jameis Winston (28)

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Winston has the greatest long-term potential of the QBs on this list, but many fans probably wouldn’t consider him much of an upgrade given his history of turnovers. Winston was better this year, though, throwing three interceptions in seven games before suffering a season-ending injury. Of course, the Broncos’ potential interest in Winston would be a moot point if the Saints give the quarterback an extension.

2. Matt Ryan* (37)

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Including Ryan on this list is kind of cheating because he’s not currently scheduled to become a free agent in 2022. However, the veteran QB’s contract does include a team option this offseason that would give the Atlanta Falcons an option to cut him and save $51.75 million over the next two years. If the Falcons decide to move on from Ryan this offseason, the Broncos should consider him even if they draft a QB in April.

1. Teddy Bridgewater (29)

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Many fans in Denver won’t like the idea of potentially re-signing Bridgewater, but he’s a serviceable starter and a very good backup. Bridgewater could serve as a mentor to a young rookie or provide depth behind a new veteran starter if the Broncos land a big-name QB in 2022.

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