Drew Lock was expected to be the future of the Denver Broncos, but it sounds like the Broncos are already looking for another option.
According to Ian Rapoport, the Broncos, Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers were three teams that reportedly offered a first round pick to the Detroit Lions for Matthew Stafford.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer is reporting the Carolina Panthers were willing to offer up the 8th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and the Washington Football Team also offered up the 19th overall pick with several other picks.
The Broncos have publicly supported former second-rounder Drew Lock, even after his decline in the 2020 season. The Broncos new GM George Paton is likely going to have a PR nightmare with this news coming out about sending their first to the Lions for Stafford.
Paton said in his press conference that he would swing on deals if he could.
“It’s really important to be involved with everything so you don’t miss a deal that may get by you,” Paton said. “So we’ll be aggressive—involved. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to jump.”
The Lions received Jared Goff, two firsts, and a third-round draft pick in exchange for a 33-year-old Stafford entering his 13th NFL season.
How can the Broncos get through this mess? We will find out soon, but do not mark them off from taking a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft early.