There have been reports linking Fitzpatrick to the Broncos, though many believe Denver would be more inclined to trade for disgruntled San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is five years younger than Fitzpatrick.
Defense wins’ championships in the National Football League and no team has a better defense than the Broncos.
"I put a little bit of thought into it and I feel like anytime you've got a (general manager like John Elway) that quarterbacks are going to come running", Stephenson said.
The real question was whether or not the team would trade Sanchez or just release him.
"He brings veteran leadership & will compete", Elway tweeted. Sanchez was set to count for $5.5 million against the cap in 2016. In two seasons in Denver, Tebow played a total of 23 regular season games and two playoff games.
Only when Manning had ultimately chosen to call it quits did the Broncos turn their attention to Osweiler, the former second-round pick and Denver's longtime heir apparent.
Carolina's Charles Johnson, cut last week, received a one-year contract worth $3 million to return to the NFC champions, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
The Texans have now invested in a 25-year-old quarterback whose sample size consists of seven starts - eight appearances overall - this past season.
He made 10 starts in two seasons in Philadelphia, two of those in 2015 when he played as backup to Sam Bradford, but with the Eagles signing free agent Chase Daniel on Thursday, Sanchez became available.
"It was very hard to leave Denver", said Osweiler, who reportedly signed a deal worth $72 million over four years. He'll nearly certainly select a quarterback in the early rounds of next month's draft, too.
No, the Broncos aren't done doing what they'll do, but less than 12 hours after Osweiler was formally introduced as the Texans' new franchise-quarterback hopeful, the Broncos showed they, too, have already moved on.
Gary Jeter, a defensive lineman who played for the Giants and Rams during a 13-year career, died.
Elway isn't just scrambling to replace his iconic quarterback. Even in his worst season, the recently-retired Peyton Manning makes Sanchez look bad. His highest quarterback rating was 78.2. His day included an 85-yard touchdown run.