The Broncos are very deep at D-back and receiver...read that Willis and Decker not seeing the field. It would not surprise to see an in-season trade coming out of one or both of these positions, up to and including a block buster that includes Champ. Somehow, the team priorities seem to be shifting to getting the biggest bang for the buck and improving draft position as financial uncertainty hits even the NFL. No doubt even mentioning the trading of Champ will stir up a ruckus with some but thinking of it in pure business terms it appears plausible. The spark for these thoughts comes from the fact the Broncos have backed out of contract negotiations with Champ. Something seems afoot.
My crystal ball sees the Broncos steadily improving through the year but the reality of so many rookies contributing in key positions speaks to a common sense observation we won't be consistent enough to really make noise in the playoffs. The idea of limiting big salary payoffs, like Champ, means a lot more money for FA acquisitions and a block buster trade could very well mean giving the Broncos the ammunition to hit a similar score on next year's draft. In a way we have the best of both worlds, which is building experience of key rooks and winning enough games to keep us in the playoff hunt. Ultimately, the picture I see coming together is one of BUILDING a team for the next decade. Two more solid drafts and judicious FA pickups would go a long ways to accomplishing this. An unpopular part of this process will likely entail a well timed trade of one or more of our aging vets.
This year's version of the Broncos has proved highly entertaining, from the draft to the build up to the Ravens game. Whatever occurs this season portends to be one of the most enjoyable in many years. The crystal ball says the Broncos walk away from Baltimore having played an excellent game and quite possibly a victory. While it's a little cloudy it appear the running game will hit 100 yards for the first time this year. Against the Ravens you Say? Hey, that my story and I'm sticking to it.