Denver Broncos rumors: Team not interested in Carson Wentz trade

Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Since the start of the offseason, Denver Broncos rumors have linked them to an upgrade at quarterback after Drew Lock tied for the league lead in interceptions with 15. Matthew Stafford was initially bandied about before he was traded from the Detroit Lions to the Los Angeles Rams.

We’ve also heard rumors that the Broncos could be in on struggling Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. He fits what team president John Elway looks for in his quarterbacks.

However, Elway’s decision to give up general manager duties changes the dynamic some in the Mile High City. That has to be taken into account when checking on this latest piece of Broncos news.

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Denver Broncos not interested in Carson Wentz trade

Denver Broncos rumors: Carson Wentz trade
Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

“Broncos QB situation will dominate offseason discussion. They will pursue Watson if Texans decide to trade him. They are not in on Wentz,” Broncos reporter Troy Renck noted on Monday.

Pretty much every team who needs an upgrade at quarterback is looking at Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans. As of yet, Houston has refused to trade the unhappy reigning NFL passing champion.

However, this new information on Wentz has to be seen as interesting. Despite his struggles a season ago, the former No. 2 pick has a more proven track record than Lock. From 2017-19, he averaged nearly 3,500 passing yards with 27 touchdowns against seven interceptions.

Those numbers would represent the Broncos’ best performance from a quarterback since Peyton Manning back in 2014. It’s also important to note that the Eagles reportedly won’t land a first-round pick in exchange for the 28-year-old Wentz.

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Will Broncos rumors lead to a quarterback move this offseason?

2021 NFL free agents: Jameis Winston
Jan 17, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) prior to kickoff against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a NFC Divisional Round playoff game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Even if Lock were to return in 2021, the Broncos would want to find some training camp competition. Free agents such as Cam Newton, Jameis Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tyrod Taylor could make some sense.

The more ideal scenario here for Denver is that it is able to pull off a blockbuster Deshaun Watson trade. That would likely require three first-round picks and a young player. Denver has been one of the teams linked the most to Watson. In fact, it joins the San Francisco 49ers as a preferred destination for the 25-year-old signal caller.

It remains to be seen if George Paton wants to start off his career as the Broncos’ general manager by pulling off what would be one of the biggest trades in modern NFL history.

Deshaun Watson
Jan 12, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) reacts as he leaves the field following the game against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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What we do know is that the Broncos need to find a long-term answer at quarterback. One of Elway’s biggest downfalls as general manager was his inability to find a replacement for Manning after the quarterback’s retirement following the 2015 season.

In the five years since, Broncos quarterbacks have combined for 95 touchdowns against 81 interceptions. That’s not going to cut it in today’s quarterback-driven NFL.

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