Mike Klis reports that the Broncos consider Trevor Siemian to be a nice surprise, but there have been no declarations about him remaining the starter beyond this season.
- Klis says that Denver has also been pleased with rookie Paxton Lynch and he anticipates a battle between the two next year with Siemian opening in the lead.
“Talking to people within the building, the thought process is that even though they picked Paxton Lynch in the first round, Trevor Siemian is in mind to be the guy moving forward for the next couple of seasons,” Palmer said.
Palmer added that key members of Broncos defense have a “high level of confidence” in Siemian due to the toughness and leadership he has displayed this year, even with some suspect offensive line play.
“They’ve all told me, because of the hits Trevor Siemian has taken, because he’s played through injury, they have gained an immense amount of respect for their quarterback,” Palmer said.
The Broncos’ offense has been a problem this season, but it sounds like Denver doesn’t view as of the unit’s struggles as a result of Siemian’s play.
It will be interesting to see what kind of upgrades they target in free agency in the coming months, particularly at offensive line positions.
Siemian, 24, was taken in the seventh round of last year’s draft. He’s currently int he second year of his four-year, $2.33 million contract and set to make base salaries of $615,000 and $705,000 over the next two years.
In 2016, Siemian has thrown for 3,012 yards while completing 61.3 percent of his passes to go along with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions over the course of 12 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 30 quarterback out of 37 qualifying players.