PHOENIX — Denver Broncos executive John Elway says the team plans to add a third quarterback to its roster.
It just doesn't sound like Colin Kaepernick and Tony Romo are in consideration to fit that bill alongside Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch.
While espousing a "never say never"mantra just in case the situation changes, Elway admits the Broncos have no interest in Kaepernick despite their pursuit of him around this time last year.
What’s different? Elway didn’t cite the controversy surrounding Kaepernick’s stance toward the national anthem in 2016. Instead, Elway told co-host Tom Pelisseroand me on SiriusXM NFL Radio,a change in Denver’s offense under new coordinator Mike McCoy has chilled any pursuit of Kaepernick as a free agent.
"Last year, we didn’t have anybody at the time,"said Elway, referring to a starting quarterback following the departures of Peyton Manning (retirement) and Brock Osweiler. "I felt what we did last year in a West Coast offense that he would have been a good fit for us in that situation."
Kaepernick met with Elway but declined to take a significant pay cut from his San Francisco contract, scuttling trade talks with the 49ers before last April's draft. The Broncos closed the door by selecting Lynch in the first round.
"Obviously, it didn’t work out and he went back to San Francisco,” Elway said. "We're in a different situation now and we're going to let (Siemian and Lynch) compete for the job."
As for Romo, Elway must choose his words carefully to avoid tampering charges since the quarterback remains under contract with Dallas. But it doesn’t sound like Denver hasas much interest in signing Romo as Houston, which has a quarterback void following last month’s trade of the disappointing Osweiler to Cleveland.
"We're happy with our young guys and are going to continue to work and train them,"Elway said. "With the draft coming up you never know. We’ve drafted QBs in four out of the past five drafts so we’re always in the market to find that guy.
"We feel like we've got the answer there for the future. But you never know until you get out there and see how they do."
Regardless of who is ultimately signed, Elway knowsany Broncos quarterback will struggle to have success if the team can’t upgrade what was the NFL’s 27th-ranked rushing attack in 2016.
"Obviously, (the quality of running) back means a lot and we’ve got to get better up front,"said Elway, who upgraded his team’s offensive line at guard with the free-agent signing of Ronald Leary from Dallas.
"The bottom line is we have to have good balance. We’re not going to do one or the other. We’re not just going to cram the ball down people’s throats running. We have to be able to throw it."
Even if it isn't Kaepernick or Romo tossing those passes.
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