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Report: Broncos among three teams in the Antonio Brown trade talks, per Rapoport

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Last week Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said that three teams had expressed interest in Antonio Brown. Today, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport revealed three teams who were interested in trading for Brown... One of them was Denver.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport downloaded the combine to Twitter this morning revealing quite the juicy morsel. The Denver Broncos are among three major contenders in a trade for Pittsburgh Steelers’ star wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Now, Rapoport, like all of us is occasionally incorrect. However, if Denver is actually an interested party it likely signals the end of Emmanuel Sanders tenure with the Broncos. It is also in direct contrast to KUSA-TV’s Mike Klis report six days ago. Klis tweeted that Brown was not on Denver’s radar.

Last week, Elway pointed out that Denver would be exercising the options on both Derek Wolfe and Sanders during his 2019 NFL Scouting Combine press conference.

“We’d love to have him back 100 percent because I think he’s a great football player,” Elway said. “He’s a great competitor and wants to win. So I’d hope for him to be 100 percent. But the bottom line is, nobody really knows. That’s the hard part when you’re paying a guy $10.25 million and he’s coming off an Achilles as a wide receiver, that’s always a little bit tough. So I don’t know. I hope that he comes back 100 percent.”

What was unsaid by Elway during the press conference is that the option on Sanders is a $1.5MM workout bonus. Denver maintains the ability to cut Sanders at a later date with minimal salary cap implications, saving them $8.6MM.

Sanders is the only veteran receiver in a room that will feature sophomore wide receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton. This week Denver revealed that they would not be placing tender on wide receiver Jordan Taylor. Tim Patrick remains a possibility for an ERFA tender.


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If you would prefer not to see a trade, Mike Klis was quick to refute Rapoport’s reports as he often does.