After starting 24 games in Denver over the past two seasons, Siemian will become the clear backup in Minnesota with the team set to finalize a three-year contract with Kirk Cousins, the top quarterback on the free-agent market. Siemian had surgery in January to repair the posterior capsule in his left (non-throwing) shoulder, but should be back to full strength ahead of the 2018 campaign. The 26-year-old had an uneven track record as a starter in Denver, but should make for quality insurance policy behind Cousins.
The two sides may still be hammering out the specifics of the deal, but Siemian would serve as the backup signal caller to Kirk Cousins, whose contract has yet to be agreed upon. When given significant playing time the past two seasons, Siemian couldn't avoid the injury bug, tending to his non-throwing shoulder on both occasions. In 25 appearances during that stretch, the 2015 seventh-round pick completed 59.3 percent of his passes, averaged 218.7 yards per game and accounted for 30 touchdowns versus 24 interceptions.
Siemian (shoulder) is expected to be available via trade, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Denver appears ready to move on from their 2015 seventh-round pick as they look to find a signal caller with higher upside to lead its offense. In fact, management is expected to "aggressively" address the quarterback position in free agency and the draft. It isn't clear how much demand Siemian could demand via trade or what teams might be interested, but he has a connection with an assistant coach on the quarterback-needy Jets in run-game coordinator and offensive line coach Rick Dennison, who was the Broncos offensive coordinator in 2016 when Siemian threw for his career-best 3,401 yards and 18 touchdowns in 14 games. With Brock Osweiler set to be an unrestricted free agent, the Broncos otherwise have Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly (wrist) under contract for 2018.
Siemian was scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday to repair the posterior capsule in his left, non-throwing shoulder, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Nearly one year ago, Siemian had his left shoulder surgically repaired, so he's in line to focus on rehabilitation for a second straight offseason. Perhaps of more interest than his health is the state of the quarterback room in Denver. Change is in the air after a season in which Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler all received a fair amount of first-team work en route to the 20th-ranked pass offense by the end of the year. Siemian, Lynch and Chad Kelly are all under contract in 2018, but there's little doubt general manager John Elway will add another quarterback in free agency or via the draft.
Siemian completed 206 of 349 passes for 2,285 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions during 2017. He added 127 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries and fumbled four times.
The way Siemian started the season against the Chargers and Cowboys, some thought that he might have emerged as a late-round find with seven total touchdowns and two wins. Things unraveled quickly and Siemian saw declines in completion percentage, yards per attempt, and quarterback rating as compared to his first go-around in 2016. He was eventually benched, reinstated, and re-injured his non-throwing shoulder to end the year on injured reserve. Change is coming to the Broncos quarterback room in the draft, free agency , or -- perhaps -- both. If given the option to hang on to a big-armed passer Denver spent a first-round pick on in Paxton Lynch and Siemian, a former seventh-round pick, it seems likely that Siemian would be the one to go. Either way, expect Denver to have a better plan for 2018 than letting Siemian compete for the starting job.
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