Broncos Make QB Move on 1st Day of Offseason

Ben DiNucci

Getty The Broncos moved quickly to re-sign a QB to kick off the 2024 offseason.

Amid the uncertainty with veteran Russell Wilson, the Denver Broncos gained some clarity at quarterback after re-signing a key veteran on the first day of the offseason.

Backup quarterback Ben DiNucci announced on social media that he will remain with the Broncos next season.

“I have signed back with the Broncos for the 2024 season,” DiNucci posted to X on January 8, jokingly adding: “Source – myself.”

Nick Kosmider of The Athletic seemingly confirmed the news by posting a two-word reply to DiNucci.

“Reliable source,” Kosmider wrote on X in response to DiNucci’s original post.

DiNucci did not see the field in 2023, spending the entire season with Denver’s practice squad. The 24-year-old will get an opportunity to compete for a roster spot next season.

Drafted in the seventh round by the Dallas Cowboys in 2020, DiNucci has started only one game in the NFL. His start came during the 2020 campaign in a 23-9 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

In the loss, DiNucci completed 21-of-40 passes for 180 yards but lost two fumbles and was sacked four times.

Jarrett Stidham Is ‘Very Confident’ in Keeping His Role as the Broncos’ Starting QB

Whether it’s DiNucci or Stidham who starts, both quarterbacks come with a limited sample size.

After starting the final two games for Denver, Stidham, who will be 28 when the 2024 season opens, asserted his confidence in keeping his role as the team’s starter.

“I’m very confident that I can be the guy for us next year, I have no doubts about that,” Stidham told reporters on January 8. “But I’m going to continue to work as hard as possible this offseason and learn as much as possible. I’m excited for the opportunity, for sure.”

It was not the first time Stidham expressed confidence in his abilities moving forward. After losing 27-14 to the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 18, Stidham was asked whether he had proved enough to head coach Sean Payton.

“They see me every day,” Stidham said following the January 7 loss. “They know what I can and can’t do, what I’m capable of. My job is to work as hard as possible, be a good teammate and do my job.”


The Broncos went 1-1 in Stidham’s two starts to close out the regular season. He completed 60.6% of his passes for 496 yards and 2 touchdown passes, finishing with an 87.7 passer rating. He took 7 sacks in those two games and was sacked 5 times against the Raiders.

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The Broncos ended its first season under Payton with an 8-9 record. Losing to the Raiders removed all hope of the team finishing with a winning record for the first time since 2016.

Denver must face the music heading into the 2024 offseason with questions galore at the game’s most valuable position.

Stidham should receive consideration for the starting job entering his second season in Payton’s system. DiNucci will likely stay on the practice squad or be called upon to back up Stidham. He is a solid depth piece under Payton with some NFL starting experience.

Or the veteran head coach could go in an entirely different direction and draft a young gunslinger. The Broncos possess the 12th overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft, according to Tankathon.

There is some flexibility in what the team could do under center entering Payton’s second year in charge.

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