The Denver Broncos have been relatively quiet in free agency, but they have not been at all quiet in the trade market. After landing A.J. Bouye last week, they threw a seventh-round pick at the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday to get Pro Bowl defensive tackle, Jurrell Casey.
People around the league universally hailed the Broncos for getting a steal and looking over our grades here at Mile High Report, we agree with the crowd on that front.
The value here was incredible. To get a 5-time Pro Bowl interior pass rusher for a seventh-round pick is incredible. The Titans needed cap space and, frankly, the cap hit for a player of Casey’s caliber isn’t even all that bad. Let’s see Patrick Mahomes escape outside pressure from Von Miller or Bradley Chubb by stepping up into the pocket next year... - Tim Lynch
Going over some players' seasons and stumbled onto this teach tape caliber block destruction clip from Jurrell Casey using a 'corkscrew' technique to defeat a double. Awesome rep. pic.twitter.com/gkggkYg5zF— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) January 2, 2020
I love Elway’s approach with both Bouye and Casey of trading small amounts of draft capital to get top end talent on already locked in contracts, that end up becoming bargains as prices continue to inflate on the open market. $11M base salary for Casey over the next two years is an absolute steal for a player of his caliber. Denver’s biggest weakness on the Dline last year was pass rush to compliment Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. Once Chubb went down, the pass rush from the rest of the front 7 was non-existent outside of Von Miller. Casey, Chubb, Von gets me so excited!! - Jeff Essary
This is an A+ move by Elway.
Casey is a high quality D-lineman with some attractive versatility, who will go a long way toward filling the biggest gap left on the roster. And giving up just a 7th rounder to get him for 3 years at a reasonable salary with no dead money is an awesome trade. Add in the fact that the trade avoids any compensatory pick negation and this move was a win in several important ways. - Taylor Kothe
Phenomenal acquisition for Elway and Fangio. With the DL being an area of need, landing a player like Casey is a solid move. Add in the cost, a 7th round draft pick, and it is really hard to find something wrong with the trade. He is going to thrive in a defense where he is flanked by Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, and he will give the Broncos a solid push up front. This is a trade that helps the Broncos when it comes to finding ways to slow down Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Excellent. - Adam Malnati
To get Casey for a seventh-round pick is insane. To get player of this quality for a seventh-round pick is criminal. This is the playmaker on the defensive line everyone in Broncos Country, especially Vic Fangio, was looking for. - Ian St. Clair
The Broncos are getting a guy that will dominate 1 on 1 matchups that he'll receive because teams will be so focused on Chubb and Von Miller. That's one heckuva trio right there.— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) March 18, 2020
Casey generated 21 pressures on 708 snaps in 2019. That is a rate of 2.97% which was 59th best in the league. As a three down defensive lineman, that does not factor into the equation that on roughly 40% of his defensive snaps he is playing against the run. The guys at the top of the pressure % list are almost all pass rush specialists - Dee Ford, Cameron Wake, Chase Winovich and Deatrich Wise. Guys who generate a significant number of QB pressures while playing every down on defense are usually really expensive.
For comparison, Joey Bosa generated pressure on 6.46% of his snaps in 2019. Aaron Donald on 5.94%. NIck Bosa on 5.79%. Cameron Jordan on 5.59%. Jadeveon Clowney on 4.96%. Amongst true defensive (300+ lb guys) and defensive tackles, Casey was still one of the best in the business at pressuring the passer in 2019. To get him for a 7th round pick with his current (relatively cheap) contract is truly amazing. FWIW Casey had 28 pressures in 2018 on 745 snaps, which is good for a pressure % of 3.76%. Casey has made the ProBowl each of the last five seasons. - Casey Barrett
The Broncos filled a huge area of need with a veteran stud player who solidifies the defensive front right away. Shelby Harris can now find another team to pay him as honestly, the team just upgraded that position with a guy who is just as good if not better at both run defense and pass rushing. Line this guy up next to Chubb and watch Fangio have a field day with them in passing situations. Casey is a big guy that can move. Stunts with Chubb are likely to make opposing tackles soil themselves. Add in that all it took was some cap room and a 7th round pick and this is an obvious home run hit by GM John Elway. - Sadaraine