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There is no quarterback controversy in Denver. But there certainly is intrigue now that the Broncos will re-sign quarterback Brock Osweiler, pending a physical, to serve as Trevor Siemian’s backup to start the season.
Such a move seemed unthinkable as recently as late-August, given the acrimonious end to Osweiler’s four-year tenure with the Broncos in March 2016, and the recent competition between Siemian and 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch.
But now Lynch has a sprained throwing shoulder and is expected to miss at least a month, if not longer, and Osweiler was a free agent whose $16 million salary for 2017 will mostly be paid for by the Cleveland Browns, who released Osweiler on Friday. The Broncos only will be on the hook for the veteran minimum.
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The move means the Broncos receive a backup familiar with offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s scheme and language (Osweiler was a rookie during the coach’s last year in Denver in 2012) for cheap.
Getting Osweiler back after his release by the Browns, who unloaded him nearly six months after taking his salary on in a trade so that they could receive a 2018 second-round pick, was the easy part.
A bigger challenge will be for general manager John Elway and new head coach Vance Joseph to sell the move to the players in their locker room and to a fan base who booed the same quarterback mercilessly last October, when Osweiler played in Denver against the Broncos with the Houston Texans.
Osweiler, who went 5-2 for the Broncos in 2015 when he replaced an injured Peyton Manning, distanced himself from Broncos teammates in the aftermath of Super Bowl 50 and ultimately picked a more lucrative contract offer from the Texans instead of staying in Denver. He skipped the Broncos’ trip to the White House and the Super Bowl ring ceremony, a move that irked some of Osweiler’s former teammates.
“Without Brock that year, we don’t win the Super Bowl,” Elway said at a news conference Saturday night. “But I’m…