Brock Osweiler's Retirement Further Proves John Elway Can't Evaluate QB Talent at All

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The first and most important trait that all quarterbacks under John Elway must have is height, and there was no one taller than former Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler.

The 6-7 signal caller further cemented Elway's GM legacy as being whatever the opposite of a quarterback whisperer is when Osweiler announced his retirement at 30 years old.

The former Arizona State quarterback was picked in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft to serve as Peyton Manning's understudy. He played sparing in his first few years, but performed well and helped lead the Broncos to the playoffs in 2015, the year they would go on to win the Super Bowl.

His career wen't downhill from there however. After signing a four-year, $72 million deal with the Texans, he played just one season for them. While he won a playoff game, he threw more interceptions (19) than touchdowns (17).

He was traded to the Cleveland Browns, as the Texans wanted no part of that egregious contract, and was released the following season. He ended his career with stints in Denver and Miami, starting nine games over two years.

In a seven-year career, Osweiler threw for 7,418 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 31 picks while sporting a perfect .500 record at 15-15. He made $41.3 million in his career as a football player.

We wish Osweiler, who recently became the father to a baby girl, the best of luck in whatever he pursues next. However, his career is a major strike against Elway's executive track record in Denver.

And that's just been the case with virtually every quarterback project in Denver since Peyton Manning hung up the boots. Since Manning's retirement, the Broncos have deployed the following starters: Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Case Keenum, and Joe Flacco, none of whom lasted more than a full season as the starter-- excluding Flacco who is still in his first campaign in Denver.

The Broncos better hope Drew Lock can provide some magic in the future when he takes over the reins, but thus far, Elway has completely failed to develop a competent signal caller.