KUSA—With the NFL Draft less than 24 hours away, the Denver Broncos are inching closer to resolving their quarterback situation.
For the first time in at least two weeks, the Broncos and San Francisco 49ers held a conversation Monday regarding quarterback Colin Kaepernick, an NFL source told 9NEWS. But both sides reiterated their positions regarding Kaepernick's contract and the parties hung up no closer to a deal.
Meanwhile, an NFL source on Wednesday told 9NEWS the Broncos "are in" on Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Sam Bradford. General manager John Elway has talked with Eagles’ general manager Howard Roseman about Bradford, the Eagles' quarterback who issued a trade demand this week.
However, the Eagles' response indicated an unwillingness to deal Bradford to the Broncos, even though it's clear the veteran quarterback has now attained lame-duck status after Philadelphia moved up to the draft's No. 2 spot with the intention of selecting quarterback Carson Wentz.
In addition to Kaepernick and Bradford, the Broncos have also expressed interest in free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer, who visited the team in Denver last week.
With all three options there is a hang up. With Kaepernick it's his $11.9 million base salary. With Bradford, it's that Roseman isn't yet ready to surrender his projected 2016 starter. And while it appears Hoyer would like to play for the Broncos, the team has not yet discussed a contract.
Then there is the NFL Draft that begins at 6 p.m. Thursday. Two potential first-round quarterbacks, Paxton Lynch and Connor Cook, were brought in for pre-draft visits at Broncos' headquarters. For Lynch, the Broncos would probably have to trade up from their No. 31 draft position. Cook could be available at No. 31.
The quarterbacks currently on the Broncos' roster are veteran Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian, who is in his second season.