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Added March 14th, 2016 by Ian
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Several NFL quarterbacks on the move

The most-anticipated quarterback move of the NFL offseason was the retirement of Denver Broncos’ legend Peyton Manning after winning the Super Bowl against Carolina in February. Manning, who will turn 38 years old on March 24, pondered things over for a few weeks and then officially announced he was hanging up his cleats. However, that was just the start of things as there’s been musical chairs scenario since then. Just two days after Manning retired from Denver, the Broncos also lost 25-year-old quarterback Brock Osweiler as he signed with the Houston Texans as a free agent.

Left without a good starter for the 2016/17 season, the Broncos then made a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Mark Sanchez. The Broncos dealt away a conditional draft pick in 2017 in the trade. The 29-year-old Sanchez was the back up to starter Sam Bradford last season, but the Eagles felt they could afford to let him go after signing the 29-year-old Chase Daniel as a free agent from the Kansas City Chiefs a few days earlier.

Denver is just the second NFL club in history to lose its’ top two quarterbacks following a Super Bowl victory. The Baltimore Ravens suffered the same fate back in 2000 when Trent Dilfer and Tony Banks both left the club. But even though Denver has now added Sanchez to their squad, there’s a good chance they might be looking to add more depth at quarterback. It’s believed the Broncos are also interested I acquiring Colin Kaepernick from the San Francisco 49ers, but they’ll have some competition since the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns are also interested in him.

John Elway, the general manager of the Broncos, said Sanchez is a good competitor and has a lot of experience and leadership qualities. He added that Sanchez was just the first step for Denver, which led many to believe the team is still looking for another quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick of the New York Jets is rumoured to be available and Johnny Manziel is certainly on the market after Cleveland recently released him. The Browns drafted Manziel in the first round of the 2014 draft with the 22nd pick after the 23-year-old known as ‘Johnny Football’ won the Heisman Trophy in 2012.

The release of Manziel was also expected since he’s had a long history of off-field problems with alcohol, drugs, and the police and is facing domestic abuse charges in Dallas. He’s now a free agent, but he may have a hard time finding a club that’s willing to take a chance on him, especially since his agent and marketing agency have both deserted him. The Browns have reached the postseason just once since 1999 and have used two dozen different starting quarterbacks since then. Manziel released a press statement to thank the Browns organization as well as his teammates and fans.

Another Heisman Trophy winner may also be available as Robert Griffin III, who won the award in 2011, was released by the Washington Redskins. The 26-year-old has already had talks with the Jets and he could be signed if the club can’t come to an agreement with the 33-year-old Fitzpatrick. The Jets still have quarterbacks Bryce Petty and Geno Smith on the squad though.

Getting back to Sanchez and the Broncos, he was drafted by the Jets in the first round in 2009 right after Brett Favre left. New York made it to the AFC championship game the first two years with Sanchez and won four postseason outings on the road with him. After five years in New York, Sanchez moved to the Eagles and played two years in Philadelphia. He started 10 games and went 4-6. His starting record currently stands at 37-35 after seven seasons. Denver could also add another quarterback at the NFL Draft in April, but they don’t pick until number 31.

 
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