ENGLEWOOD - It has been repeatedly said the NFL is a business so make this business decision Broncos fans.
Would you rather have Trevor Siemian for an average salary of $583,195 a year plus Paxton Lynch for $2.37 million per – a combined $2.95 million – or Brock Osweiler for $18 million?
For $15 million less a year, the Broncos ultimately made the decision to dress up their two quarterbacks – with Siemian starting – against the major investment the Houston Texans made in Osweiler on Monday night at soon-to-be-renamed Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
“I think Trevor has done a phenomenal job, I really do,’’ Osweiler said during a conference call with the Denver media Thursday. “Trevor’s one of many teammates on that team that I can continue to stay in touch with and keep tabs on. I couldn’t be happier for him. Trevor was a guy last year that I truly enjoyed spending every single day with.
“He was a great teammate, he was a great friend, he’s still a great friend to this day and just to see him have success, to be playing well, to be winning football games and having fun, I really couldn’t be happier for Trevor.”
Siemian is equally pleased with the teammate relationship he had as a third stringer with Osweiler last season, if a little less verbose in expressing it.
“It was great,’’ Siemian said. “I learned a ton from Peyton (Manning), obviously, but, I learned a ton from Brock as well in the situation that he was in. Brock is a good friend and I wish him really well.”
Okung nearing return
The most significant injuries on the Broncos’ injury report Thursday were those of edge rusher DeMarcus Ware (fractured forearm), left tackle Russell Okung (concussion) and receiver Cody Latimer (concussion).
All were held out of the team practice.
Ware will miss his fifth consecutive game Monday against Houston, but Okung had recovered enough to participate in the walk-through portion Thursday and providing he clears one more step in the concussion protocol, the plan is for him to practice on a limited basis Friday.
During his conference call Thursday, Houston coach Bill O’Brien indicated he wouldn’t spend much time preparing Osweiler for his hostile homecoming.
“It’s not like we’re going to sit there and have a chat about crowd noise and, ‘Hey, this guy in the front row might be yelling at you,’’’ O’Brien said. “Who cares? I think it’s more about understanding your game plan and doing the best plan that you can for your team as a coach and as a player to give yourself a chance to win.’’
Had the Broncos played the San Diego Chargers on Sunday instead of Thursday last week, and had the game been in Denver instead of San Diego, Kubiak may have been able to coach that game.
This possibility stems from the fact that on game day last Thursday, Kubiak went in to his office at UCHealth Training Center. He also spent time in his office throughout the weekend.
Nearly two weeks after he was stricken with what was diagnosed as a complex migraine, Kubiak well recovered.
“I feel really good,’’ Kubiak said “I’m kind of like these guys (the players) -- I’m antsy and ready to get back after it. … It’s nice to get back to work.”
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