New Broncos HC Vance Joseph told reporters during his introductory press conference on Thursday that they will hold an open competition between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch for the team’s starting quarterback position next season.
“Trevor had a fine year. He’s smart with the ball. Paxton a big strong guy with a big arm,” Joseph said, per Troy Renck. “It’s going to be an open competition.”
Siemian played better that many expected this season, despite dealing with injuries. He underwent a “minor, elective” procedure on his left, non-throwing shoulder a few weeks ago, but he’s expected to be ready for the offseason program.
“It’s optional surgery,” Siemian said, via Mike Klis of 9News. “It really only bothers me when I work out but I figure I’m going to have to keep working out for a while so I’m getting it fixed.”
It makes plenty of sense for them to give Lynch a shot at showing what he can do this summer, as opposed to just handing the job back to Siemian, considering that the Broncos invested a first-round pick in Lynch last year.
There has been talk that the Broncos could be in the mix for a veteran quarterback such as Tony Romo should he be available for trade. However, some have downplayed this being a realistic possibility for Denver.
Siemian, 25, 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 3,401 yards while completing 59.5 percent of his passes to go along with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions over the course of 14 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 32 quarterback out of 36 qualifying players.
Lynch, 22, was taken with the No. 26 overall pick after the Broncos traded up from No. 31 overall to get their quarterback of the future. He signed a four-year, $9.4 million contract that includes $7.88 guaranteed and is set to make a base salary of $450,000 for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Lynch has completed 49-of-83passes (59 percent) for 497 yards to go along with two touchdowns and an interception for the Broncos over the course of three games.
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