Broncos' Talib gives Brock Osweiler vote of confidence

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Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib is cognizant of the difficult personnel decisions that are facing the Super Bowl champions this summer.

Talib is under contract through 2020 and figures to be a vital part of the team's title defense, but a number of prominent Broncos players are slated to hit free agency.

With Peyton Manning's status for the 2016 campaign remaining uncertain, Talib provided backup quarterback Brock Osweiler with a vote of confidence. If Osweiler tests free agency, he'd be one of the most highly sought-after players in the midst of a depressed quarterback market this year.

"I would love to see it," Talib said of Osweiler leading the Broncos, to's Chris Wesseling. "I feel like he stepped in for Peyton and he played great. He was a leader for us, he was vocal, he was confident. And that was his first time doing it. ... Going forward, I got all the confidence in the world in Brock, that he can lead us and be our quarterback if he has to."

Talib noted that he's not envious of general manager John Elway's task this offseason, and advocated for a host of the team's defensive players to return.

"Malik (Jackson) is crucial, Danny Trey (Trevathan) is crucial, (Brandon Marshall) is crucial, depending on what Peyton does, Brock is crucial. ... I'm glad I get to sit here with y'all. I don't have to sweat in that office and figure that out," he said.

With a hard salary cap in place, it seems inevitable that many teams will try to replicate the Broncos' model by accruing their core members in free agency.