The Broncos have gone through several starting quarterbacks since Peyton Manning retired after the team’s Super Bowl 50 victory. Eleven to be exact.
From Trevor Simien to Teddy Bridgewater, here’s a look at who he is, how he fared in the role, and where he is today:
How he landed with the Broncos: Siemian was selected in the seventh round (250th pick overall) by the Broncos in 2015.
How he fared in Denver: Simien played 25 games, making 24 starts for the Broncos, giving him a 13–11 record. He completed 59.3% of his passes for 5,686 yards, 30 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. He was traded to the Vikings along with a 2018 seventh-round pick after the 2017 season for a 2019 fifth-round pick. The fifth round pick will be used to select linebacker Justin Hollins.
where is he now: Simian, 29, opened the 2021 season as an intense quarterback for the Saints, but earned the top spot in Week 8 after suffering a torn ACL from Jameis Winston. New Orleans suffered a double-point loss on their next two starts. In the season, he has completed 57.7% of his passes for 706 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions.
How he landed with the Broncos: The Memphis standout was selected by the Broncos in the first round (26th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. “He was the man,” general manager John Elway said after selecting Lynch. “And we’re thrilled to have him.”
How he fared in Denver: Lynch didn’t live up to his first-round promotion in Denver, playing just five games (starting at four) in his two seasons with the Broncos. He had a 1-3 record, completing 61.7% of passes for 792 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. He was cut before the start of the 2018 season.
where is he now: After stopping in Seattle and Pittsburgh, the 27-year-old quarterback is looking to rekindle his football career in the CFL, where he is the third-string quarterback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. “I’m definitely not playing football to make a lot of money. I’m playing football because I love it,” Lynch told the Regina Leader-Post on Nov. 5.
How he landed with the Broncos: Osweiler was originally selected by Denver in the second round (57th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. After his Super Bowl 50 victory, he signed a four-year, $72 million deal with the Houston Texans. He was traded to Cleveland a year later but was released before the start of the 2018 season. Shortly after Lynch suffered a shoulder injury, he re-signed with Denver.
How he fared in Denver: His second stint with the Broncos was not as memorable as his first. He played in six games (starting with four) and finished with a 0–4 record on his debut. He finished the year completing 55.8% of his passes for 1,088 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions.
where is he now: Osweiler, 30, is retired and watching a lot of football.
How he landed with the Broncos: Keenum signed a two-year, $36 million deal with Denver before the start of the 2018 season.
How he fared in Denver: Keenum became the first quarterback since Peyton Manning’s 2014 season to start every game in a season. He got off to a strong start, giving Denver a 2–0 start, but the team finished the season 6–10. Keenum completed 62.3% of his passes for 3,890 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He was traded along with a seventh-round pick to Washington for a sixth-round pick after the end of the season.
where is he now: Keenum, 33, is the backup quarterback for Brown. He started a game in Week 7, leading Cleveland to a 17–14 win over the Broncos.
How he landed with the Broncos: The former Super Bowl MVP was traded to Denver in February 2019 for a fourth-round draft pick.
How he fared in Denver: Flacco started eight games before the Broncos placed him on injured reserve for a herniated disc in his neck. Denver went 2-6 on his debut where he completed 65.3% of his passes for 1,822 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions.
where is he now: Flaco, 36, is in his second season as the Jets’ backup quarterback.
How he landed with the Broncos: Locke was selected out of Missouri in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.
How he fared in Denver: Locke made his debut in week 13 during his rookie season. In his five starts, he helped the Broncos to a 4–1 record to close the season. He started 13 games in 2020
where is he now: Locke, 25, is the Broncos’ backup for Teddy Bridgewater after losing a quarterback fight in the preseason.
How he landed with the Broncos: Allen was claimed exemption from the Rams before the start of the 2019 season.
How he fared in Denver: He made his three-game debut for the Broncos in Week 9 of the 2019 season after Flacco suffered a season-ending injury. He won his first game and lost the other two, completing 46.4% of passes for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
where is he now: The 29-year-old Allen is the backup for the Bengals starting quarterback Joe Burrow.
How he landed with the Broncos: Driskell signed with Denver as a free agent ahead of the 2020 season.
How he fared in Denver: Driscoll made his first appearance in Week 2 of the 2020 season after Drew Locke injured his shoulder at the start of the game against the Steelers. He started in Week 3 in an attempt to lose to the Buccaneers but was pulled in the fourth quarter. In three appearances (one start), he completed 54.7% of his passes for 432 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
where is he now: Driskell, 28, is the third-row quarterback for the Texans behind Tyrod Taylor and Davis Mills.
How he landed with the Broncos: Rippian landed with the Broncos in 2019 as a draft free agent.
How he fared in Denver: He came to the relief of Jeff Driskell in Week 3 of the 2020 season during Denver’s loss to Tampa Bay. He started in Week 4, leading the Broncos to a 37–28 road win against the Jets. In his two appearances, he completed 67.5% of his passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.
where is he now: Rippian, 25, is the Broncos’ third-string quarterback behind Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Locke.
How he landed with the Broncos: Hinton signed on as an adraft free agent in April 2020. He was waived before the start of the season, but was signed to the practice squad in November.
How he fared in Denver: Hinton was a quarterback in Wake Forest but was speculated to be a receiver in the NFL. He became the Broncos’ emergency starter in Week 12 of the 2020 season, after all four Denver quarterbacks were disqualified to play due to COVID-19 protocols. He completed 1 of 9 passes for 13 yards and two interceptions in a 31-3 loss to the Saints.
where is he now: Hinton has emerged as a credible threat to the Broncos’ receiving corps. During Week 10, he has 12 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown.
How he landed with the Broncos: Denver traded the Panthers a 2021 sixth-round pick to acquire Bridgewater in April.
How he fared in Denver: Travelman quarterback emerged as the team’s starter by defeating incumbent Drew Locke in the preseason. The Broncos’ record is 5-5 from 10 starts. He has completed 69.1% of his passes for 2,389 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions.
where is he now: He is the current starting quarterback for the Broncos.