Prior to today's matchup to the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport dropped a story about the Broncos and Brock Osweiler. In that story, Rapoport mentioned that the Broncos and Osweiler have yet to talk about a contract extension at this point.
Rapoport mentions that the Broncos haven't talked about a contract with Osweiler mainly because they don't know what they have in him.
As for Osweiler, the team needs to make a decision. They haven't talked contract yet with him, mainly because they don't know what they have. Is he their future?
That was before today's game where Osweiler completed 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 17 to 15 victory against the Chicago Bears. A performance like this could lead to Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway to begin having contract talks with Osweiler's agent.
Rapoport's report does mention that "many in the organization" are split on whether or not Osweiler can or will be the future for the Broncos. With that said, "people who have seen" Osweiler have called him hardest workers in the organization.
Many in the organization are split on whether he is or is not. And there isn't a body of work yet to help them decide. But people who have seen Osweiler describe him as one of the hardest workers in the organization, as prepared as any backup they've seen. He has underrated athleticism, and the belief is you'll see today what Kubiak's offense really should look like.
There was another report from NFL Network's Michael Silver that said that Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway was "proactively" trying to trade Osweiler in 2014, and was only asking for a 6th round pick in return.
How sold are Broncos on Osweiler? Source says Elway called teams offering him in trade during 2014 season. Would have taken a 6. @nflnetwork— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) November 22, 2015
The Broncos quickly denied this report according to the Denver Post's Troy Renck. Whether this report is true or not, we may never know, but it does show that Elway may have not always been so sold on Osweiler.
With that said, things like that can change. Osweiler wasn't a great fit in Adam Gase's offense, but Osweiler's skill set fits very well into Gary Kubiak's offense(as we saw today). Those trade rumors(if true) were from 2014, a lot has changed with the Broncos in the past year. So I wouldn't put too much stock into that rumor now.
It's starting to look more and more like Osweiler will be the starter for the Broncos going forward, so this will get the Denver Broncos decision makers a long look at Osweiler. The competition won't be easy for Osweiler easy. The Broncos have games against the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, and two games against the San Diego Chargers.
If Osweiler continues to have successful games for the Broncos and has success and wins during the postseason, his price tag will only continue to rise. With the Franchise Tag more than likely being used on outside linebacker Von Miller, it will be important for the Broncos to get working on an extension or new contract for Osweiler if they think he is the guy.