However, even with Manning potentially returning to practice this week, Cole mentions that the Broncos’ coaching staff still believe Brock Osweiler is their best option to make a run at a potential Super Bowl title.
On Sunday, the Broncos failed to score a single touchdown, but Cole says that a lot of the team’s mistakes can be attributed to coaching errors, drops and inability to block Khalil Mack.
With this in mind, Cole believes Osweiler is actually the solution for their offense moving forward, and not the main reason for the team’s offensive struggles.
Osweiler, 25, is in the final year of his four-year, $3.516 million rookie contract that included a $997,584 signing bonus. He’ll make a base salary of $660,000 for the 2015 season before becoming an unrestricted free agent next year.
This season, Osweiler has thrown for 1,140 yards while completing 63.5 percent of his passes to go along with five touchdowns and three interceptions over the course of six games.
Manning, 39, is in the fourth year of his five-year, $96 million contract that included $18 million guaranteed. He’ll make base salaries of $15 million in 2015 and another $19 million next year.
On the season, Manning has thrown for 2,180 yards while completing 59.9 percent of his passes to go along with nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
We’ll have more regarding Manning’s return and future with the Broncos as the news is available.