Even the most optimistic Broncos fan is having a hard time rationalizing a scenario in which the Broncos go Lambeau Field and take on Aaron Rodgers and the undefeated Green Bay Packers and come away with a win. They will have home field, riding a hot start, have Aaron F*cking Rodgers, and a suddenly dominant looking defense. Odds are that our Denver Broncos will be 0-3 come Sunday afternoon.
If that does indeed happen, it is time the Broncos start putting some of their veteran players on the suddenly active trade market and embrace the rebuild. Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway has continued with his “win now” mentality ever since Peyton Manning rode off into the sunset holding that Lombardi to being on just about every commercial. It is time for that to change and they have multiple veterans who may be able to net them some draft capital for the 2020 draft.
Some of the obvious names that should be put on the block in this scenario are cornerback Chris Harris Jr., wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, defensive ends Derek Wolfe and Adam Gotsis, and guard Ron Leary.
Harris and Sanders are the big names here and the ones that should net you the largest return. I do not see either player returning to the Broncos after this season and with this season likely looking being a lost one, it makes sense to deal them.
Harris should be able to net you a second or third-round pick I believe. Teams are desperate right now and he would be an instant difference-maker for someones secondary. Sanders probably net about the same 4th round value that they got in return for Demaryius Thomas last season.
Now Wolfe, Gotsis, and Leary wouldn’t net you a ton on the market, but all three are veterans who may not return next season. Leary for sure while Gotsis and Wolfe is a bit of a coin flip for me.
Finally, it might be time to listen to calls about Von Miller. I have been very against the idea no matter how many times Brandon Stokley tried to bring it up, but it might be time. Von will be turning 31 years old next season and the Broncos are clearly far from being a contender. I’d set that price tag high and see if anyone comes biting. I’m talking two first-round picks and then some. That return would HOPEFULLY allow the Broncos to find their quarterback of the future and add some much-needed depth to their team. Also, the emergence of Bradley Chubb would make this move a little easier to swallow.
Let me reiterate that I would only consider moving Von for a huge package. Do not just give him away to the highest bidder. Set your price and stick to it. If no one bites, whatever, Von stays in orange and blue. It is just time to start finally listening to offers for him.
Now, this course of action does come with huge risks. John Elway’s draft history isn’t great at all so adding a bunch of picks won’t guarantee success down the road.
I could be jumping the gun here. They could upset the Packers and beat the Jags next weekend and be sitting at .500 as we head into October. Winning is fun and great, so sign me up for that. However, if they go 0-3, it is time to start having this discussion.
Now after I bummed you all out, here is some news and notes from around the NFL for this fine Saturday in September.
Sean McVay: Aaron Donald is playing – ProFootballTalk
So much for Aaron Donald being questionable on the Rams' status report. Rams coach Sean McVay laughed when asked whether the defensive tackle would play Sunday against the Browns. “He’s playing," McVay told reporters Friday. "It’s a 'questionable' because really, we’re smart with him.
Trent Brown, Denzelle Good questionable for Raiders – ProFootballTalk
The Raiders are hopeful right tackle Trent Brown can play Sunday after going through a walk-through practice Friday. Brown missed Wednesday and Thursday's work and is listed as questionable. He played 49 of 62 snaps before leaving with his knee injury Sunday.
Vikings continue to look for receiving depth behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen – ProFootballTalk
The Vikings have two great receivers. Beyond that, the depth chart is a work in progress. Chad Beebe has emerged as an intriguing option in the slot, but the Vikings want more help. Toward that end, they have worked out veteran receiver Jordan Matthews, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com.
Seahawks add Rashaad Penny, Tre Flowers to injury report – ProFootballTalk
Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny injured his hamstring in Friday's practice. That prompted the team to add him to their status report as questionable for Sunday against the Saints. C.J. Prosise likely would see more work if Penny can't go.
Saints not interested in Antonio Brown – ProFootballTalk
The last time Antonio Brown became a free agent, he wasn't free for long. This time around, he may be waiting for a while. Add the Saints to the list of teams that don't seem to be interested in signing AB.
Will Antonio Brown get his $9 million signing bonus? – ProFootballTalk
Eleven days ago, the Patriots gave Antonio Brown a $9 million signing bonus. But they've yet to actually give him any of it. The contract requires the team to pay the first installment of $5 million on or before Monday, September 23. Per a league source, that payment has not yet been made.
NFL told Antonio Brown to stop contacting second accuser – ProFootballTalk
Regardless of the Patriots' decision to cut Antonio Brown, the NFL still has jurisdiction over multiple incidents that potentially violate the Personal Conduct Policy.
NFL, officials reach tentative labor deal – ProFootballTalk
The NFL and the NFL Players Association have yet to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The NFL and the NFL Referees Association are close to doing so. Per multiple sources, the NFL and the NFLRA have struck an agreement in principle. The new CBA hinges on approval by the rank and file.
Seahawks previously had interest in Antonio Brown but no longer do – ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks showed interest in Antonio Brown before the receiver signed with the Patriots. Brown is a free agent again, 13 days later. So do the Seahawks, who spoke with Brown after the Raiders cut him, have interest in the Pro Bowler this time around? Coach Pete Carroll said no without using...
After nine-sack night, 'Sacksonville is back, baby!' - NFL.com
Led by another stellar Calais Campbell performance, the Jaguars defense terrorized Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota to the tune of nine sacks and reaffirmed their pass rush as one of the NFL's best.
Roundup: Eagles' DeSean Jackson out vs. Lions - NFL.com
Eagles coach Doug Pederson announced Friday that receiver DeSean Jackson is officially out for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Panthers' Cam Newton (foot) out against Cardinals - NFL.com
The Panthers will be without Cam Newton for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, as he'll be sidelined with a foot injury.
Browns TE David Njoku placed on IR with broken wrist - NFL.com
The Cleveland Browns will be sans David Njoku for the foreseeable future after announcing Friday that their starting tight end will be placed on IR after suffering a broken wrist against the Jets.
Steelers' Diontae Johnson starting 'from here on out' - NFL.com
The Pittsburgh Steelers won't just head into Week 3's tilt versus the San Francisco 49ers with new quarterback Mason Rudolph. The receiver corps is also getting a revised pecking order.
NFL's 100 Greatest Plays: The final five unveiled - NFL.com
Interceptions, special teams and postseason catches hold down the final five slots in the NFL's 100 Greatest Plays, with an immaculate selection hauling in the top spot.
Jags owner willing to make Ramsey highest-paid CB - NFL.com
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports Jaguars owner Shad Khan would be comfortable making Jalen Ramsey the highest-paid cornerback to entice the star defender to stay in Jacksonville.
Lamar Jackson's drive, Mahomes' mind, Eli's advice to Jones - NFL.com
Lamar Jackson is thinking about one thing against the Chiefs, while Patrick Mahomes could perfectly counter a Ravens strength. NFL.com's reporters have the scoop on those stories and more.
Jalen Ramsey's potential trade fits; scouting quarterback debuts - NFL.com
Is Jalen Ramsey really on his way out of Jacksonville? Bucky Brooks, who thinks it would be a mistake for the Jaguars to trade the star corner, identifies four potential fits. Plus, scouting reports on three new starting quarterbacks.
Patriots release WR Antonio Brown amid allegations - NFL.com
The Antonio Brown era in New England lasted less than two weeks and just one game. The Patriots released the wide receiver on Friday amid allegations of sexual assault.