The Denver Broncos have found their starter for the opening game of the season, naming Trevor Siemian today. The announcement comes on the heels of the Broncos dress rehearsal' preseason game against the newly-minted Los Angeles Rams.
During the team's third preseason game, Siemian played the entire first half, before giving way to rookie Paxton Lynch to play the second. Mark Sanchez did not play and was notified by head coach Gary Kubiak before the game.
Siemian, a player I said would be lucky to make the Broncos roster, is named the starter after an offseason wherein he showed his ability to protect the ball better than Sanchez, who entered the offseason as the favorite to be named the starter.
The decision leaves Sanchez in limbo with the team reportedly looking into cutting him and saving $3.5 million on the cap in addition to keeping the 7th round pick that was sent to the Philadelphia Eagles on a conditional basis, stipulating that Sanchez needs to be on the team's opening day roster for the compensation to be met.
Releasing Sanchez would leave the Broncos with two quarterbacks who haven't thrown a regular season pass in the NFL. Denver may choose to approach Sanchez about taking a pay cut to stay with the team, an offer they recently made to punter Britton Colquitt as well.
The leash on Siemian is sure to be extremely short. With arguably the best defense in the league and a revamped offensive line, the Broncos expect to make another title run. If Siemian should falter, he will find himself holding a clipboard again.
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