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Some quick thoughts on the Denver Broncos trade of Emmanuel Sanders to the San Francisco 49ers along with NFL news.

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What is said in front of the cameras should never hold the same weight as what is done behind the scenes.

Tuck that rule away. It has helped me make sense of things as a fan of the Broncos for decades.

John Elway can keep saying, “We’re about winning football games.” He can say it as many ways as he wants using any number of catch phrases and canned answers.

But as of yesterday, the Denver Broncos are no longer about winning in the 2019 NFL season.

Why do I make such a bold proclamation based off of one move?

It is simple.

There is no world where the Denver Broncos have a better chance of winning without Emmanuel Sanders than with him. I don’t care about the drummed up talk about the Tennessee game or any not so hidden statements showing distaste for Sanders by Elway (which is how I read most of his press conference from yesterday, by the way).

If the Denver Broncos wanted to win games in 2019, Emmanuel Sanders was their guy.

The thing I’ve loved most about him is that he absolutely embodies what we want from every football player on the field. He sells out to make catches even when he knows a big hit from the safety is coming. He keeps fighting until the game is over each and every play.

But at the end of the day what’s done is done. Elway traded a guy away for draft picks that made the team better (by the way, I’m honestly a fan of the move...he got great value). The only thing that irks me about it is that Elway wants to still quip about winning.

Denver Broncos News

Broncos agree to trade Emmanuel Sanders to 49ers for draft picks
Sanders put together two Pro Bowl seasons and earned a Super Bowl title during his time with the Broncos.

Through the Years: Emmanuel Sanders' time in Denver in 100 photos
Take a trip back through Emmanuel Sanders' time in Denver with these 100 photos showing just some of the many moments that made his career with the Broncos special.

Barnwell’s 2019 NFL trade grades - Tracking every deadline deal
Does veteran receiver Emmanuel Sanders really make the 49ers better down the stretch? Bill Barnwell grades the deal.

NFL News

Lions trading safety Quandre Diggs to Seahawks - NFL.com
The Lions are trading starting safety Quandre Diggs and a 2021 seventh-round pick to Seattle in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick, sources told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero on Tuesday.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 8: Vikings hit top five; Bears tumble - NFL.com
With Kirk Cousins playing like an $84 million quarterback, the Vikings surge into the top five of Dan Hanzus' updated Power Rankings. Meanwhile, the quarterback-deficient Bears are spiraling in the opposite direction.

Raiders legend, HOF DB Willie Brown passes away - NFL.com
Raiders legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Brown has passed away at the age of 78.

Offensive player rankings, Week 8: Kirk Cousins can be trusted - NFL.com
Kirk Cousins has experienced plenty of ups and downs in his career, but David Carr says we should trust that the Vikings QB's latest turnaround is legit. Plus, updated offensive player rankings.

NFL Notes: Gareon Conley Trade, Kirk Cousins’s Revival - Sports Illustrated
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Chargers' Melvin Gordon says he won't miss another training camp - Sports Illustrated
Gordon opened up on the impact his contract holdout has had so far on his 2019 campaign.

Week 7 DVOA Ratings | Football Outsiders
The New England Patriots continue to reside in the NFL's penthouse, while the Miami Dolphins have finally escaped from the basement in something. Plus, Buffalo and the worst 5-1 teams of all-time, plus more notes from Week 7.

Inside Jalen Ramsey's first week with the Rams - Los Angeles Rams Blog- ESPN
A look at the whirlwind five days in which Jalen Ramsey was traded to the Rams from the Jaguars and then contributed in the game against the Falcons.

Jets fuming Sam Darnold's 'seeing ghosts' comment made air
The Jets and coach Adam Gase were angry Tuesday that Sam Darnold's miked-up comment that he was "seeing ghosts" was aired on ESPN's Monday Night Football.