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Brock Osweiler's contract: To extend or not to extend?

What if Brock Osweiler is 'just okay' in the Broncos' fourth preseason game? What if he plays lights-out?

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By now, most Denver Broncos fans know the contract limbo in which the team finds itself in 2015. The QB of the Present, Peyton Manning, has two years left on his contract. Will he retire after 2015? Who knows? There are some that believe Manning wants to play in 2016 and finish out his contract, but Manning has said he's assessing his future year-to-year..

Meanwhile, The (presumed) QB of the Future, Brock Osweiler, is entering the last year of his contract.

How can your present last longer than your future? Don't question John Elway's logic, kids, lest you be helicopter'ed to oblivion.

So what do you do with Brock Osweiler? Do you extend him? Have you seen enough? What if Brock Osweiler never sees playing time this regular season? What do you do?

Eric Goodman and Zach Fogg break it down on the Afternoon Drive on Mile High Sports.

Here's an excerpt from Zach: "Well that depends on a lot of things. If he plays a 7, 7 and a half out of 10 tomorrow night (Thursday against the Cardinals), I think you take the wait-and-see approach. You see who calls you and what they're offering. If you like what you hear, maybe you get a deal done. If not, you start working on an extension that is backloaded. You start working on an extension with Osweiler - a two- or three-year-extension - and most of the money comes at the back end."

I totally agree with Fogg here. I haven't seen enough to do anything with Brock right now, and waiting until after the season allows the Broncos the potential opportunity to see Brock in action should Manning get injured or the Broncos lock up a home playoff spot early.

The Broncos may be more confident in Osweiler than me, though. Eric also drops this nugget.

"You're going to think I'm nuts for saying this," Goodman said. "From what I have been told, if Peyton Manning didn't take a paycut, there were enough people in the Broncos organization that would have been more than willing to move ahead with Brock Osweiler."

"I heard that as well," said Fogg.

Maybe Manning heard that too, which is what ultimately led him to take the paycut.

Bonus listen

Reggie Rivers joins the guys to talk about Peyton Manning and the Broncos' running back situation.

Mile High Sports Afternoon Drive Eric Goodman Zach Fogg