Broncos still searching for 2 more quarterbacks

By Michael Marot

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Feb. 23 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett speaks during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012.

Michael Conroy, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Tim Tebow is still Denver's starting quarterback, and Brady Quinn is still his backup.

The Broncos, though, are looking to add a few quarterbacks to the roster before training camp starts in the summer.

"We typically go to camp with four quarterbacks and right now we have two, so you do the math," coach John Fox said Thursday at the NFL's scouting combine.

It's unlikely the Broncos will use a high draft pick on a quarterback since they already have two young quarterbacks drafted in the first-round. But there are questions about how well the two get along.

On Wednesday, Quinn apologized for critical comments about Tebow that were published in a magazine article. Quinn said Tebow's success last season had a lot to do with luck and that he didn't think Tebow was too humble about demonstrating his faith.

On Thursday, Fox said Quinn's quick apology was more indicative of how strong the relationship between his top two quarterbacks really is.

"Sometimes this gets lost in translation, but I know their relationship is very good and they are good teammates," Fox said.

When asked about Quinn's apology, Fox said: "That just shows who he is. Sometimes that happens in conversation though it's never happened to me."

Tebow led the Broncos to the AFC West title after the team started 1-4.


HOUSE OF CARDS? Cardinals general manager Rod Graves is aware of rampant talk that Arizona could be in the mix to land Peyton Manning.

He didn't rule it out Thursday.

Yes, Arizona seems happy with the quarterbacks already on its roster -- Kevin Kolb, Max Hall, John Skelton and Richard Bartel. But Graves did acknowledge the Cardinals are looking to improve everywhere and it could mean adding another quarterback. He is barred from talking specifically about Manning because of the league's tampering rules.

Hall and Bartel are both restricted free agents. Kolb and Skelton are under contract.

"Well, I think we are happy with what we have but as coach (Ken) Whisenhunt just said, we're about opportunities to get better," Graves said. "This is a competitive game, and we want to get better. If we can so be it. But right now we believe we have an outstanding group of quarterbacks and we're preparing to play with that group of quarterbacks."

Graves also hopes to work out new deals for cornerback Richard Marshall and defensive lineman Calais Campbell.


TO FRANCHISE OR NOT? The Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys are facing similar situations over the next two weeks.

Both are trying to decide whether to use the franchise tag on key players to prevent them from becoming free agents. The Bears are trying to decide what to do with running back Matt Forte. The Cowboys must make a decision with outside linebacker Anthony Spencer.

Chicago coach Lovie Smith said Thursday he expects Forte to be in the Bears backfield for the foreseeable future, with or without the tag. Forte accounted for nearly 30 percent of the team's yardage last season. He led the Bears in rushing (997 yards) and receiving (490) and was selected to his first Pro Bowl even though he missed the final four games with a sprained MCL in his right knee.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said his team will take its time about Spencer and that this week's combine could be a significant factor.

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