The offseason is officially over for the Denver Broncos.
Phase One of off-season workouts, limited to weightlifting and physical rehab for the first two weeks, kicked off Monday under first-year head coach Vance Joseph and two other first-time head coaches: Kyle Shanahan with the San Francisco 49ers and Sean McVay's Los Angeles Rams.
"Well, the honeymoon is over; it's football time. I'm excited," Joseph said. "The players seemed excited this morning with a good turnout. It's time to go to work."
Workouts are voluntary and on-field practices won't resume until later in the month for most teams, at the start of the third week of the nine-week off-season program.
"It's not much time," Joseph said. "For us, it's 38 days to get ready for the (regular) season. There is not much time. There is no time to waste."
Not until the final four weeks can teams conduct organized team activities (up to 10 per team) with position group and full team non-contact workouts.
The Broncos are taking the long road toward a decision at quarterback.
Speculation in March linked Denver to Tony Romo, but the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback took his talents to the broadcast booth. That means the Broncos will likely take their top two quarterbacks from last season, Trevor Siemian and 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch, into training camp to compete for the No. 1 gig.
Last off-season, Denver was granted permission to talk to Kaepernick but a trade never materialized. Cutler was a first-round pick of the Broncos during the Mike Shanahan regime before being traded to the Bears. Chicago cut Cutler in March.
Shanahan's first year in San Francisco might not feature a franchise quarterback.
"We want to do whatever gives us the best chance as an organization and that could be anything," Shanahan said of the position and San Francisco's spot in the draft -- No. 2 overall. "We could trade and grab more people, and if not, we're going to get a good player with the second pick in the draft, and regardless of what position that is, we have to get the best player available."