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Trade deadline looms large for cornerstone Broncos players

With 2019 all but over in Denver, players are likely on the move.

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As the final seconds ticked away in Denver against Kansas City on Thursday night, a couple things became clear. The Denver Broncos aren’t a competitive football team and, unfortunately, there is no easy singular fix.

As Fangio and his team of coaches futilely scramble to right an already sunken ship, some teams around the league are offering players trade lifelines.

Nobody wants to see perennial favorites up on offer to the rest of the league, but that’s exactly where Denver is sitting. On Sunday, it was reported that the last offensive player from the Broncos Super Bowl 50 run is likely to be dealt before the October 29th trade deadline.

...but Sanders likely isn’t the only one.

When you’ve got a team sitting at 2-5 going into week 8, your issues are many and your solutions few. Denver has no choice but to entertain offers on anyone and everyone within reason. Fans can be sentimental about their favorites, Chris Harris, Emmanuel Sanders, and yes, even Von Miller, but the only way the Broncos can get better is to turn the page and start acquiring as much draft capital as they can for 2020 and beyond.

As fans, it’s easy to sit back and advocate or defend one player’s trade rumor over another, but let’s be honest, at 2-5 with such grim prospects for the rest of the season, nobody is safe and nobody should be.

The glory days with these Broncos are behind us and we owe it to those players we love to let them have another shot at success. It’ll be important for fans to remember what the soon-to-be-traded players did for the franchise both on the field and in what their departure brings in for the 2020 draft.

For better or worse, the Broncos rebuild begins this week. Does Denver take full advantage and wring every last draft pick they can from this group of under-performers? Let’s hope so, because standing pat with valuable players may feel good in the moment for sentimental reasons, but sentimentality has too steep a price for which the Broncos can no longer mortgage the future. Stay tuned.


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