However, Renck adds that there have been no discussions of using franchise tag on Osweiler to prevent him from reaching the open market.
Meanwhile, Ian Rapoport reports that the Broncos are poised to push for a “mega long-term extension” for OLB Von Miller before the franchise tag deadline, and if they can get a deal done, it would open up a number of options for them to also retain Osweiler.
Rapoport also confirms that the hope right now is for Denver to sign Osweiler to a long-term deal.
The Broncos were expected to begin discussing a new deal with Osweiler at the Combine.
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.
While Osweiler is likely their top priority outside of Miller, 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.
In 2015, Osweiler threw 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.