Tony Romo's retirement leaves a two-man race between Lynch and Trevor Siemian (shoulder) for the Broncos' quarterback job, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.
General manager John Elway and new head coach Vance Joseph have been telling anyone who will listen that they are excited to head into camp with two young options in Lynch and Siemian. In the background, it's hard to imagine that they weren't at least curious about recasting Romo in Peyton Manning's old role for another Super Bowl run. That option extinguished, Lynch sure seems to have the inside track on the job with a more wide-open attack coming to Denver under offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Remember, Lynch was an Elway pick while Siemian was a flyer taken by former passing-game coordinator Greg Knapp. Elway and Joseph have hedged their bets enough for Siemian to be able to beat out Lynch in 2017 while claiming it was always part of the plan for Lynch to sit and learn, but -- at some point -- Elway is going to want to take Lynch out for more than a spin.