June 21, 2024

The Russell Wilson era in Colorado has come to an end even before it had a chance to take off. Now, the Denver Broncos enter the offseason in search of their next quarterback.

Denver may explore the free agency market to see if any available quarterbacks can serve as a bridge solution while they search for their future franchise quarterback. Additionally, they might consider the option of trading for a quarterback, as numerous players are anticipated to be made available during this offseason.

Drafting a quarterback might not be a feasible option for the Broncos as they hold the 12th pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, with the top quarterback prospects likely off the board by then. Players such as Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, and Drake Maye are expected to be selected within the Top 5 picks. Nevertheless, if the Broncos are committed to swiftly securing a franchise quarterback, they could explore the possibility of trading for the No. 1 pick from the Chicago Bears to select their desired top prospect.

Acquiring the top pick to secure a franchise quarterback for the Broncos would come at a significant cost. According to ESPN’s proposal, Denver would need to trade 23-year-old Pro Bowler Patrick Surtain II, their 12th pick in the upcoming draft, and second- and third-round selections in the 2025 draft.

In ESPN’s analysis of the trade idea, they acknowledge that the Broncos are already lacking in draft capital, making it necessary to include players in the trade to move up from No. 12 to No. 1. The suggested player to make the trade worthwhile for the Bears is star cornerback Pat Surtain II, even though he may appear as a luxury in a defense that predominantly plays zone coverage.

While there may be concerns about the financial implications of having two high-paid cornerbacks in Surtain and Jaylon Johnson, the potential to field the NFL’s best defense under defensive coordinator Eberflus could make the trade appealing for the Bears.

It remains uncertain whether the Bears would accept or entertain such an offer, but it is considered the most viable pathway for the Broncos to secure a franchise quarterback. Although parting with a talented young cornerback like Surtain may be painful, the priority for the Broncos, given their uncertain future, is to have a franchise quarterback they can build around.

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