Broncos Mailbag: Should Jameis Winston, Gardner Minshew be on quarterback radar?

Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag periodically during the off-season. Submit questions to Ryan here.

Should the Broncos consider free-agent quarterback Jameis Winston?

— Ron, Chadds Ford, Pa.

RO: The Broncos should evaluate every quarterback who will be a free agent next week or could be available in a trade.

Two things on Winston: First, I don’t know what the fit of his skills would be within coach Nathaniel Hackett’s offense. Second, and this is the big one, he sustained a torn ACL in the seventh game of New Orleans’ 2021 season; he was 5-2 with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions at the time of his injury.

The buzz at the NFL combine was the Saints would re-sign Winston, but he would be an upgrade for the Broncos.

What do you think our chances are to get a legit quarterback this offseason? And if not, how high do we pick a quarterback in this draft or go with the best player available?

— Dominique J., Seattle

RO: Well, it all depends on what you mean by “legit quarterback.” Aaron Rodgers? Legit. First-round draft pick? To-be-determined. Veteran journeymen? Who knows.

Even if the Broncos are set on drafting a quarterback ninth overall, I expect them to address the position with a veteran beforehand. Signing a place-holding veteran passer, drafting an edge rusher at No. 9 and then a quarterback in the second round could make sense.

All of the speculation around quarterback seems to never list Gardner Minshew as an option for the Broncos. He has one of the better resumes for quarterbacks who are possible to acquire and I believe is still on a rookie deal. Why is there very little buzz about him?

— Jason, Snohomish, Wash.

RO: Little buzz because Minshew is 8-14 as a starter. But he has 41 touchdowns against 12 interceptions and a career 93.9 rating. And there’s little buzz because the Eagles have given no indication they would flip him for a mid-to-late round draft pick.

Minshew was traded from Jacksonville to Philadelphia last year and started two games as Jalen Hurts’ back-up. Minshew has proven he can start and play well on short notice, which is a big asset for a team to have. I expect him to stay put.

Ryan, which one of the quarterbacks at the NFL combine impressed you? Anyone you think we should absolutely get in the first round or is there a sleeper who might be better for the Broncos?

— Ron, Parker

RO: Liberty’s Malik Willis and Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder. I attended their combine workout on Thursday night and was impressed with how both players showed velocity and accuracy on all types of passes.

One scenario the Broncos could entertain is trading out of No. 9 to gather more picks and draft Willis if Washington passes at No. 11 or drafting Ridder early in the second round.

What do you think of the Broncos drafting Wyoming’s Chad Muma in the third round? I think he has plenty of talent to help fill the hole we have at linebacker.

— Mark, Arvada

RO: I don’t think the Broncos really have a hole at inside linebacker if they re-sign Josey Jewell and play him alongside Baron Browning. Re-signing Kenny Young would add depth and special teams value.

Muma, who is from Lone Tree, had a great Senior Bowl week and is viewed by some as going in the late second/early third round of the draft. If the Broncos aren’t able (or willing) to keep Jewell, Young or Alexander Johnson, then Muma should enter the picture.

How does the Broncos’ offensive line shape up for this year? The only locked-in position to me feels like Garett Bolles at left tackle. Do you see Dalton Risner possibly shifting over to right tackle to make our interior Graham Glasgow, Lloyd Cushenberry and Quinn Meinerz? Meinerz played his way into a starting role in my opinion.

— Tyler K., Cheyenne, Wyo.

RO: How I would enter the offseason program next month: Left tackle — Bolles (needs to be better). Left guard — Risner (needs to improve entering contract year). Center — Cushenberry or Glasgow (edge to the veteran Glasgow). Right guard — Meinerz (keep the young fella where he played well as a rookie). Right tackle — a free-agent and/or draft priority.

The Broncos’ goal should be right tackle stability, not kicking Risner over there for maybe just a season.

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