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Clayton: The Broncos will be bringing in competition for Drew Lock

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On Thursday, the Broncos started talking about their offseason, where they are heading and what’s going to happen. George Paton and Vic Fangio met with the media, and the big news coming out of that press conference was that it looks like Drew Lock is going to face competition for the starting quarterback job.

Fangio said it. And Paton is going to see who he can bring in to compete.

Naturally, if he can get some sort of a Deshaun Watson trade that’s obviously going to answer things. They can be patient since they already have Lock on the roster. That allows the Broncos to wait out the situation in Houston.

But, they are going to start contacting quarterbacks. The first one is already going to be off the books.

Ryan Fitzpatrick looks like he’s going to retire. The Broncos did make some contact with him. He’s been with eight teams and played a long time. But it looks like he’s going to be out of the mix.

One of the interesting candidates could be Andy Dalton, who was in Dallas in 2020. He’s a free agent and only cost the Cowboys $3 million last season. He filled in for Dak Prescott and could be a good candidate in Denver.

What about Alex Smith? He was told on Thursday that he was officially being released by the Washington Football Team. He could be an option as well.

The idea is that the Broncos want competition for Lock. He regressed a bit in 2020. Denver had to make the playbook a little bit easier for him, taking some things out.

He still could be the starter in 2021. But it’s not necessarily a lock for Lock this time around.