With the November 3rd trade deadline approaching, Gil Brandt of NFL.com says that trades for running back Matt Forte and tight end Vernon Davis would make sense for the Broncos.
The Broncos have had struggles at each position this season. Starters C.J. Anderson and Owen Daniels have been big disappointments for them this season, and the Broncos could look to improve at this positions prior to the deadline.
Here's what Brandt had to say about the Broncos trading for Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte.
Forte, who is set to hit free agency this offseason, is a good runner and a good receiver -- he's everything you want on a short-term basis. I think it'd be easy enough for the veteran back to adjust to a new scheme in-season; in fact, I think he'd be a pretty good fit for Gary Kubiak's system. I would think he could learn the system and his responsibilities quickly, especially with the jolt of extra motivation that comes from joining an elite team. Forte will turn 30 in December and is in his eighth pro season, but he looks every bit as good today as he did coming out of Tulane, with 507 rushing yards (sixth-most in the NFL) and 698 yards from scrimmage (fourth-most). Denver's 30th-ranked ground game could really use a back of Forte's caliber. If I were the Bears, I'd hope to get a third-round pick for him, but in this trade market, I could see him moving for a fourth. Of course, the Broncos traded away their fourth-round pick last April, so that could get tricky.
If Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway is seriously "all in" in what probably will be Peyton Manning's last season in the NFL, he should make this deal.
The Broncos offense needs a run game. This would take a lot of pressure off Peyton Manning, and give him another receiving weapon as well.
Compensation, and Forte's cap number could make this deal tricky for the Broncos if it were to ever happen.
Here's what Brandt had to say about San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.
Denver seems to be missing tight end Julius Thomas, who departed via free agency last offseason. Through the team's first six games last season, Thomas had nine touchdown catches, two more than the entire pass-catching corps has thus far in 2015. As good as their defense is, the Broncos have a quarterback who's been struggling and is nearing the end of the trail. They have to do everything possible to win it all this year, and the more weapons they can give Peyton Manning, the better. Davis is stuck on a bad Niners team that needs to retool. The 31-year-old hasn't done much this season, but it looks like he has enough in the tank to contribute on a Super Bowl competitor. I'd expect Davis to get a big psychological boost in moving from a cellar-dweller to a Super Bowl contender. I could see him traded for a sixth-round pick.
I wouldn't mind seeing the Broncos trading a late round pick for Davis. A change of scenery could do a lot of good for the veteran tight end. This would also give Manning a weapon at tight end. The Broncos are really missing Julius Thomas this year(whether we like to admit it or not).
This trade seems like the most likely one to happen of the two. The Broncos were linked to Davis this offseason as a team who had some interest in trading for him.
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