Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway appeared on this week's episode of HBO's Hard Knocks. They showed a clip of Elway talking to Houston Texans General Manager Rick Smith. They were discussing the deal that eventually sent tackle Chris Clark to the Texans for a 7th round draft pick. During those conversations, Elway mentioned "that he's trying to move one or two players" at inside linebacker.
#broncos' Elway on Hard Knocks said "that he's trying to move one or two players" at inside linebacker in trade. Came up during Clark talks— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) September 2, 2015
I talked about this potentially happening earlier this week. The Broncos have a surplus of young talent at the inside linebacker position. With Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall are your starters, followed by Todd Davis and Steven Johnson, second-year players Lamin Barrow and Corey Nelson, and impressive UDFA Zaire Anderson.
That's seven linebackers fighting for 4 or 5 roster spots, so it makes sense to try to trade some of your young talent.
The players who make the most sense to be traded are Steven Johnson and Lamin Barrow.
Johnson was getting 1st team reps this spring while Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall were both out for the majority of the offseason. If the Broncos feel comfortable with their younger guys it makes sense to move the veteran Johnson.
I think Barrow makes sense because he has been behind linebacker Corey Nelson during camp and the preseason. It looks unlikely he will make the team if the roster looks intact, so he could be moved. This would allow them to keep Zaire Anderson on the active roster.
Neither player would get much back in return, but this will be something to keep an eye on during the coming days.