The Denver Broncos traded reserve offensive tackle Chris Clark to the Houston Texans earlier today, but that might not be the only trade they make this week. According to CBS4's Vic Lombardi, the Broncos could have a few more trades happening this week.
Confirmed. More trades possible this week. https://t.co/h84lsWY1mu— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) August 31, 2015
It makes sense that the Broncos could be wheeling and dealing during this week that features two series of cuts that trims the roster from 90 to 75, and 75 to 53 players.
They have depth at multiple positions and unfortunately, will be releasing some talented players who could make a roster elsewhere. So instead of just letting them go, it makes sense to get some value back from their players.
So which players could be on the trading block for the Broncos?
Running back Montee Ball
I already covered this earlier today. With Ball free falling down the depth chart, the Broncos could look to trade Ball sometime this week. He wouldn't get you much in return, but if he really is fourth on your depth chart, why not see what you can get in return?
Cornerbacks Tony Carter, Curtis Marsh, and Kayvon Webster
With Chris Harris Jr., Aqib Talib, and Bradley Roby already locking up three of the five spots at cornerback, there's not much room for the rest of the guys. Also, rookie Lorenzo Doss is expected to be one of the 5 cornerbacks making the final roster, so that leaves one spot for Carter, Marsh, Webster, and rookie Taurean Nixon.
While we all hate on Carter, he could play in a secondary in the NFL. He has a history of playing good at times and making a few impact plays. So there could be some value there. Marsh has had a good summer, and could also have some value in the trade market.
While I believe it's unlikely that Webster gets traded, I could see it happening. He might have the best value of the three players.
Inside linebackers Steven Johnson, Lamin Barrow, and Corey Nelson
The Broncos have a ton of depth at the inside linebacker position. Both Brandon Marshall and Danny Trevathan looked good in their returns to the field. Second-year linebacker Todd Davis has also been impressive looking at times this summer.
That leaves Steven Johnson, Lamin Barrow, Corey Nelson, Reggie Walker, and rookie Zaire Anderson fighting for one or two roster spots.
The Broncos spent draft picks on Barrow and Nelson just last season, so I do not see them simply releasing both players. Nelson has been playing well, and may have earned himself a roster spot.
Veteran Steven Johnson has been taking first team reps, but could be moved to make room for a Nelson, Barrow, and/or Zaire Anderson.
I could see them moving one of these guys instead of simply cutting them. Again, you won't get a ton of value, but it's better than nothing.
What positions could the Broncos be targeting?
After the Denver Broncos traded Chris Clark earlier today, it leaves second-year player Michael Schofield has the swing tackle for the Broncos. The issue here is that Schofield has never played a regular season game, nor has he received many snaps at left tackle. So I could see them trading for or signing a veteran LT to provide depth behind the rookie Sambrailo.
One thing that I could see happening is Elway upgrading at right tackle. This is just me speculating, but Ryan Harris has been average at best.
With Derek Wolfe suspended Marvin Austin on the IR, and Kenny Anunike recovering from surgery on his knee the depth at the position isn't that great right now. I could see them adding another versatile defensive linemen to go with Kilgo, Vance Walker, and Antonio Smith.
Clearly the Broncos haven't been thrilled with their depth at tight end since they have been signing tight ends off the street on a weekly basis.
It wouldn't shock me one bit if Kubiak once again adds another tight end to the mix.