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Kiszla: Deshaun Watson? Russell Wilson? Broncos need QB not named Drew Lock.

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The Broncos dream of a quarterback capable of leading the team back to championship glory. But know what’s weird? It’s increasingly difficult to locate Drew Lock anywhere in the dream.

Is it just me, or does it feel as if front-office execs, teammates and fans in Broncos Country have already moved on from Lock?

His future with the team is fading to black, because if there isn’t a rock-solid commitment to a young quarterback, it’s generally only a matter of time before the relationship falls apart, as we have repeatedly seen in during the past five years.

The Broncos have wandering eyes. Can you blame them? Denver yearns for a quarterback capable of beating Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, who appeared soft and vulnerable during their lopsided loss to Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl.

After a dalliance with Detroit’s Matthew Stafford before he relocated to Los Angeles, It feels as if Denver’s current plan at quarterback is ABL: Anybody but Lock.

While disgruntled Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson finding happiness in Denver might seem like an impossible dream, if Houston decides it has no choice but to trade him, the Broncos must be at the front of that line, no matter the price. Maybe there’s no more than a 15% chance the Broncos could win a bidding war if Watson hits the trade market. But those long odds are far better than the zero chance Drew Lock will take them to a Super Bowl anytime soon.

When Russell Wilson makes an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” and hints maybe he won’t end his career with the Seattle Seahawks, maybe new Broncos general manager George Paton has a chance to make amends for the 2012 draft blunder that was Brock Osweiler. Please, hear our football prayer: Let Russ cook in Denver.

If Broncos safety Kareem Jackson, who previously played alongside Watson in Houston, is recruiting him to Denver and wide receiver Jerry Jeudy pines to catch passes from Watson, it shouts that teammates know the truth. Game knows game. Lock probably has a brighter future on “The Masked Dancer” than as leader of this team.

Even if Denver is forced to settle for capable veteran Teddy Bridgewater, take on the reclamation project that is Sam Darnold or select a quarterback early in the NFL draft, this isn’t likely to end well for Lock.

While the Broncos might say all the right things about how competition will bring out the best in Lock, once any shadow of doubt begins to creep over the shoulder, it only requires a two-game losing streak for a full-fledged QB controversy to go viral.

The Broncos need a franchise quarterback. Lock ain’t it.

In pro sports every athlete eventually learns, often the hard way, that his employer has loyalty to absolutely nothing except the pursuit of victory and maximizing profits. If that’s true for Tom Brady and Nolan Arenado, it’s a certitude for Lock. He will find work in the NFL for the next decade, either as a very capable backup or the starter for a team without any stronger option.

But if Paton and the front office are not fully committed to Lock, the ambivalence is guaranteed to permeate through the Denver locker room and offensive huddle. Once an NFL team falls out of love with a quarterback that has failed to establish his worth for the toughest job in sports, it’s almost always a waste of everyone’s time to keep the relationship alive.

It can happen to anyone.

Brady is the GOAT, but when his differences with New England coach Bill Belichick became irreconcilable, he moved on, even if it meant taking a job with the Tampa Bay Bucs, whose football tradition consisted of little more than chronic losing and a pirate ship dry-docked in their stadium.

Lock never will have the pocket presence of Brady. But even a young gunslinger with 23 TD passes and 18 interceptions must feel the walls closing in around him.

It’s over for Lock here. If he’s the starting quarterback when Denver opens the 2021 season, it’s only because he and the team got stuck with each other.

And that uncomfortable situation would be a shame for everybody that loves football in Broncos Country.

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