INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — John Elway is giving his clearest indication yet that he’s going to pursue Kirk Cousins Courtland Sutton Jersey , the prize of this year’s free-agent quarterbacks.“We’re going to explore all options in free agency and see where that goes,” Elway said Wednesday at the NFL combine. “Obviously we’ve got the fifth pick in the draft, too. That will all play into it. We’ll continue to look at all of the options out there when it comes to quarterback.”The Denver Broncos general manager stressed that he’ll look at “anybody that won’t be under contract.”With the Washington Redskins moving on to Alex Smith, whom they’ve agreed to acquire from Kansas City, that group of free agents would include Cousins, who figures to command more than the record $27.5 million that Jimmy Garoppolo will receive in his new deal with the San Francisco 49ers.Elway said he’s confident the team could absorb a big free-agent contract under the salary cap, revealed the Broncos are considering moving Ronald Leary back to left guard and indicated highly paid receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders aren’t going anywhere.“Yes, the plan is to have them back,” Elway said.That means, Elway will pick up Thomas’ $4 million bonus in March, which will keep the last two years of the wide receiver’s contract in place.“That is the plan, yes.”The returns of tight end Jake Butt and slot receiver Carlos Henderson, who spent their rookie years on IR last season, could help bolster the Broncos’ offense, as well.Elway has been stung by the draft selections of Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch, but he hit the jackpot six years ago when he landed Peyton Manning.The Broncos have missed the playoffs each of the two seasons after Manning retired, including a 5-11 season last year when they cycled through quarterbacks Trevor Siemian, Osweiler and Lynch twice .Elway said he’s eager to see the promising class of college quarterbacks this week that features Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson and Mason Rudolph.“There is a possibility of some really good quarterbacks coming out of this draft,” Elway said.Elway got burned two years ago when he moved up to take Lynch with the 26th overall pick only to watch him founder on the sideline most of the past two seasons.“Believe me, I’m not done swinging and missing,” Elway said with a laugh. “Misses don’t bother me. We just have to figure out a way to get it right. That is what we are working on.”Even with so much uncertainty at quarterback, Elway has been in a good mood this week.“If there’s any year I wanted to play it was last year, to come back and play as a player and try to get things turned around,” Elway said. “Sitting in my chair was a long, long year.”Elway is also a member of the league’s competition committee which has been discussing simplifying the catch rule that’s become so cumbersome in recent seasons and which commissioner Roger Goodell has put atop his offseason fix-it list.Elway said the competition committee is making progress in that regard.“I think it’ll be much simpler and I think everyone will understand what a catch is and what it isn’t,” Elway said. “I think that we’re in the process of everything that we covered so far Royce Freeman Jersey White , it’s going to be much better.”So, “survive the ground” will soon be out of the NFL’s lexicon.“Yeah, going to the ground, that’ll be changed,” Elway said.Goodell wanted the league to go back and start from scratch after tweaks to the rule only made it more troublesome.“Or let’s go back to what the old definition of what a catch was, right? Two feet down, control and move and then you’ve got a catch,” Elway said. “That’s what it’s going to be more like.”—— The Denver Broncos have desperately been searching for their next franchise quarterback since Peyton Manning rode off into the sunset following Super Bowl 50. Broncos General Manager John Elway has drafted quarterbacks in both the high and low rounds, in addition to importing multiple veteran quarterbacks. While all quarterbacks have been given an opportunity to fill the void, they’ve all missed the mark. Grinning ear to ear, and having some bounce in his step, it was evident that Lock has been preparing for his NFL debut his whole life. Sitting on the bench this year was a foreign role for Lock, who started his entire high school and collegiate career in the SEC at Missouri. After being activated from IR (thumb injury), Lock completed 18 passes on 28 attempts for 134 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception while also avoiding being sacked. In the first quarter, Lock utilized star wide receiver Courtland Sutton, who reeled in two touchdowns from the 2019 second-round draft pick (42nd overall).On Monday, Courtland Sutton was quick to praise his new quarterback.“He came in and he played with some confidence and some swag, It was awesome to see him put together what he put together,” he said. “He could be the future. He has the potential to be that guy for a long time here.”While the second half of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers was offensively conservative, Lock moved the ball downfield and drew (no pun intended) a pass interference call that set up a game-winning field goal from Brandon McManus.Following the Broncos fourth victory (4-8 overall record) and season sweep of the Chargers, Broncos Country cant help but feel the energy and observe the potential that Drew Lock brings to this team. that he must make to clean up his game. Lock needs to consistently demonstrate pre-snap defensive reads and improve footwork while dropping back from under center. He must also learn to limit turnovers as he threw a fourth quarter interception in a tied game. Lock is expected to remain the Broncos starting quarterback for the final four games of the season against the Texans, Chiefs, Lions and Raiders.John Elway and Broncos Country are eagerly waiting to see if Drew Lock’s energy, skill set, and work ethic coincide with a franchise quarterback that is worth an organizational commitment.
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