With the depth and quality of talent on this year's Bronco team there may be more potential to acquire picks from trades than any year within memory. Taking into consideration the following information from a June 2013 DP article how do we explore the roster for possible trades?
In the group of players with contracts set to expire after the upcoming season, however, are left tackle Ryan Clady (he was tagged as the franchise player this year), wide receiver Eric Decker, linebacker Wesley Woodyard, guard Zane Beadles, center J.D. Walton, cornerback Chris Harris, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, guard/center Manny Ramirez, kick returner Trindon Holliday, punter Britton Colquitt, safety Mike Adams, defensive end Robert Ayers and cornerback Tony Carter.
That's not even the whole list, but that is certainly a lot of playing time poised on the open market following the upcoming season. And it's going to be about choices, because the Broncos aren't going to be able to keep them all.
These are the training camp questions lurking in the mind:
Where are we stacked? Where are the youngsters pushing the veterans? D back comes to mind. Are we stacked at CB and even Safety? How about D-line? It's hard to believe that statement is possible after the Bronco's multi-year search for D-linemen. However, we now have quality rotational depth at DT and DE. Regarding LB's, with the exception of MLB, do we have quality depth pushing starters with guys like Trevathan pushing for starting time?
Offensively, are we stacked at TE? How about wide receiver? Many talked about this position being a position of concern but there's now talk we have a plethora of talent lurking beyond the Big Three. Even RB might be stacked to a degree if Knowshon and McGahee (given McGahee shows up) heal sufficiently.
Now, the big question? If a quality starter is either being pushed hard or playing at just a slightly better level as a younger player is there the potential of trading for picks at any of these positions? A secondary question: do the Broncos take into consideration expiring contracts in making trades this year?
Taking all this in consideration let's look at potential trade material by the likely position groups of D-back, receiver (including TE's as a group), D-line, and LB.
Many pundits are saying the Bronco's have arguably the deepest receiving corps in the league. Let's say one or more of our young guns plays to a level similar to Eric Decker's skills. Do we consider trading Decker this year due to his expiring contract? What kind of trade value might that bring and what might be the risks if we don't extend his contract? In terms of value/risk Decker seems worth exploring the idea of a trade now.
How about TE's? If Julius Thomas breaks out what kind of an affect will that have on who might be available from our TE corps and who might be traded for what pick out of Dreesson, Green, or Tamme?
D-backs have already had some discussion with Tony Carter seeming to be the primary candidate for trade according to MHR posters. Given his contract expires next year does this make him THE primary candidate? Will Omar Bolden make that 2nd year jump? What happens if Kayvon Webster greatly exceeds expectations? If either one of these or both happens who are we willing to trade and what might we get?
Do we really have 96 days until camp? Summer dullsville in terms of sports until then.