Indianapolis, IN- Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway spoke to some of the more than 1,100 credentialed media members Thursday in Indianapolis ahead of the start of workouts in the 2016 NFL Combine.
While it would be understandable to forgive Elway and his staff for extending their celebration a bit following their third Super Bowl Championship in franchise history, football is an unforgiving business and during Elway’s short time at the podium, it was clear that he and the Broncos are back to work.
The two biggest issues facing the Broncos heading into the start of free agency on March 9 are the expiring contract of Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller and Denver’s rather precarious situation at quarterback.
Three weeks removed from the Super Bowl and a month away from his 40th birthday, five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning has yet to decide whether he’ll return to the NFL for a 19th season, or retire following the second Super Bowl championship of his Hall of Fame career.
Elway told the press that the Broncos are perfectly happy to let Manning weigh his options. “We’re affording Peyton the time that he deserves,” Elway said.
Meanwhile, the team will continue to work towards a contract for 25-year old Brock Osweiler. “We’re really not in a hurry,” Elway said. “We know where Brock is, Brock knows what we have to offer and we still have a great deal of interest in Brock. We’d like to do something with Brock.”
Going even further, Elway offered his evaluation of Osweiler and how he views the former Arizona State gunslinger after seven games as an NFL starter this season. “In the sample size we got from Brock, we were excited about what we saw,” Elway said. “He made some good strides. You never know what a quarterback is going to do until he gets under the gun and I think he showed a lot to us. You’d like to have more consistency, but that’s what young guys do. He’ll continue to get better and better.”
Early Thursday, NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport reported that the Broncos were optimistic about reaching a “mega long-term extension” with star pass rusher Von Miller. Elway, who selected Miller with his very first draft choice after re-joining the Broncos in his front office role in 2011 seemed to confirm Rappaport’s story.
“We’re in discussions with Von,” Elway said. “We’ve exchanged some offers and will continue to meet with his representatives, but we feel good about it. Obviously, with the career he’s had already and the way he’s played this year we’re very hopeful about being able to get something done.”
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