The Manning era for the Denver Broncos and football is now officially over, and the search for a new quarterback has been under way for the Broncos since free agency started earlier this month. While looking into the draft sounds ideal in theory, coach Gary Kubiak appears to prefer a seasoned signal caller, at the very least. So far, Robert Griffin III is his primary target. This is interesting considering the Broncos made the trade for another veteran, Mark Sanchez, not too long ago.

Speaking at the NFL owners’ meetings, Kubiak said the Broncos have evaluated Griffin and the former Washington Redskins star continues to be part of Denver’s conversation for potential replacements to Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler.

“[Griffin] is one of the free guys out there,” Kubiak said. “He’s obviously been part of the conversation. We’ll see what happens; he’s a talented young man.”

Kubiak said he wouldn’t discuss whether the Broncos would bring Griffin in for a visit, but emphasized multiple times Denver would be “patient” in filling out the quarterback depth chart. The New York Jets and Cleveland Browns also have been linked to Griffin this offseason.

Kubiak also said Tuesday he believes Mark Sanchez, who was acquired in a trade earlier this month with the Philadelphia Eagles, can flourish in Denver’s offense.

If Griffin is indeed signed by the Broncos, he could bring a spark the Broncos need to replace Manning. Sanchez, however, will probably have something to prove, which might bring out the best in both quarterbacks.