It was reported last week that the Broncos would likely place Sieman on the trade block and “discuss him” during the NFL combine. So it makes sense that the two sides would meet and figure out what would be best for both sides.
Siemian is coming off a disappointing season as the Broncos starter, which included being benched and a having season-ending injury. Now with the Broncos looking elsewhere for a quarterback, Siemian appears to be the odd man out of the Broncos’ quarterback shuffle.
But the two sides could also quietly and secretively talk about another free agent quarterback who the Broncos have been heavily linked to. That player, of course, being none other than Kirk Cousins.
Cousins is also represented by McCartney, and he and Elway will meet sometime during the combine to just discuss Siemian. It would be considered tampering if the two sides engaged in any other discourse, but don’t be naive, it happens.
Oh, yes, we were at the ridiculousness of the notion that teams wait until March 12 to make their intentions clear to pending free agents. Of course, Elway and McCartney could conceivably have an appetizer and a salad and a dessert but no steak, so there’s no reason to think that the status of Cousins might come up during their conversation.
The Broncos face stiff competition for Kirk Cousins services and they will likely make their intentions known to Cousins agent. How much interest and what they are willing to do to make sure he signs with the Broncos remains to be seen, but leaks and rumors will come out throughout the week.
The combine kicks off a new NFL season and a beginning to many NFL careers, but it also starts the unofficial illegal tampering period in the NFL.
Go work your magic, Elway.