Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib doesn't want to hear about Brock Osweiler's hurt feelings.
In an interview Monday on Russillo & Kanell, via Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, Talib offered his two cents on Osweiler following the quarterback's move to the Houston Texans: "You're a backup quarterback, then that's your job title. ... And then when starter comes back, you back, backup again."
Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak benched Osweiler in favor of Peyton Manning ahead of the playoffs. Manning then helped lead Denver to a Super Bowl 50 title. Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reported that decision played a role in Osweiler signing a four-year, $72 million deal with the Texans.
The Broncos have yet to find a replacement for Osweiler. They traded for Mark Sanchez, which addresses the problem somewhat, but few expect Denver to go into Week 1 with Sanchez as the starting quarterback. ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold reported last week that the team is still interested in acquiring Colin Kaepernick from the San Francisco 49ers, but plenty of roadblocks could prevent a deal.
The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck reported last Thursday that Kubiak had talked with free-agent QB Johnny Manziel, adding the Broncos aren't looking to sign the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. If Manziel were to arrive in the Mile High City, though, Talib is confident he'd be in good hands.
"If Johnny comes out there with us, we [have] a good group of vets out there," he said to ESPN's Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell, via Freeman. "We'll take care of him."
Russillo and Kanell also asked Talib about letting Manziel stay with him after Manziel told TMZ Sports on Saturday he's rooming with Broncos linebacker Von Miller, a claim refuted in an ESPN.com report Monday. Talib admitted he'd be a little less receptive to the idea, per Russillo & Kanell's Twitter account:
Denver's veteran presence would offer Manziel a more stable situation than he had with the Cleveland Browns, but he's still too much of a wild card to be considered a serious candidate for a roster spot right now.
Should the Kaepernick trade fall through, though, and the Broncos start running out of options, the idea of taking a flier on Manziel wouldn't be without merit. But before it comes to that, the search for an experienced, competent signal-caller will likely continue to be their No. 1 priority this offseason.