INDIANAPOLIS -- The next two weeks will be crucial in determining the Broncos' future at quarterback, but Head Coach Gary Kubiak made it clear Wednesday that he would like
"He did a heck of a job for us," Kubiak said. "He played against some really good people in some tough situations and played very well."
The Broncos went 5-2 in Osweiler's seven regular-season starts last year, including comebacks from 14 points behind against the Patriots and Bengals, the two other clubs that matched the Broncos' AFC-leading 12-4 record.
"So you could see that his preparation had paid off when he got an opportunity. He was obviously on a good football team, but he did a hell of a job."
Osweiler's free-agent status could complicate things. There has never been a greater premium on the passing game than there is today, and in that environment, the Broncos know Osweiler's work last season could allow him to fetch a premium price from a quarterback-needy team if he tests the market.
"I think he has a very bright future," Kubiak said. "Obviously we think the world of him, and we want him to be a part of our football team -- we've got a lot of guys that are free [agents] like that.
"But he's been really special with the job he's done this year, and I think he's grown a great deal."
However, being prepared for any possibility is essential, so as the Broncos attempt to re-sign Osweiler, they will work on contingency plans.
"We'll look at everybody," Kubiak said when he was asked whether the Broncos would look at free-agent quarterbacks.
And Kubiak and Quarterbacks Coach Greg Knapp are high on the potential of 2015 seventh-round pick
"I think he's got a bright future," Kubiak said. "He has an NFL arm, no doubt. He made a lot of progress as far as mentally, and what he's doing. I think he's going to be very competitive. Now it's Trevor time. It's going to be up to him -- what type of leader he is, how hard he works.
"Big jumps are made from year one to year two, but obviously he's got to build."