Brock Osweiler Could Test Free Agent Market If Broncos Franchise Von Miller?

Earlier in the day, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that sources have told him the Broncos are preparing to franchise OLB Von Miller and try to work out a long-term contract extension afterwards.

Rapoport now adds that the are like to franchise Miller because he’s looking to become the highest paid defensive player in the NFL.

According to Rapoport, this could lead to QB Brock Osweiler reaching the free agent market.

All indications from the Broncos have been that they want Osweiler back as their quarterback, but they’re clearly in a difficult spot with so many notable players needing to be addressed this offseason.

Osweiler is likely their top priority beyond Miller. However, they’ll need to reach an agreement on his value, which may actually be somewhat difficult to pinpoint, considering that he has a limited amount of experience and is in line to be one of the best available quarterbacks in a market with plenty of cap space.

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 in the coming months.

This season, Osweiler has thrown for 1,967 yards while completing 61.8 percent of his passes to go along with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions over the course of seven games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 20 quarterback out of 37 qualifying players.

We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2016 Free Agents list.

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