Denver Broncos General Manager George Paton joined the broadcast of the Broncos and Rams preseason finale to talk about multiple topics. During his interview, Paton admitted that he has been receiving a lot of calls about the team's cornerback depth ahead of the final cutdown date coming up.
#broncos GM George Paton on the game broadcast said he’s not going to lie, they are getting a lot of calls on DBs from other teams. Corners are tough to find and Denver is deep at CB.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) August 29, 2021
With the offseason additions of Kyle Fuller and Ronald Darby via free agency and selecting cornerback Patrick Surtain II with their 9th overall selection, the Broncos have plenty of depth at the cornerback position. Especially when you add in that slot cornerback Bryce Callahan and corner Michael Ojemudia are already on the roster.
This is leaving many to speculate that Bryce Callahan could be on the block. The oft-injured Callahan is 30 years old and is entering the final year of his deal. His trade/or release would save the Broncos $7,176,471 in cap space that they could roll over next offseason to use perhaps towards a quarterback. All this makes Callahan the most likely candidate on the team to be traded if they do decide to make that move.
Now, Paton said that they’re not actively shopping any of their cornerbacks, but teams are calling about them. This leads one to believe that a team will have to offer something significant to make Paton swing a deal.
Paton’s comments and rumors building that the Pittsburgh Steelers are interested in Callahan will give us something to watch in the coming days as teams start making roster moves.
Not sure how legitimate these reports are, but a lot of noise surrounding Steelers potential trade for Broncos CB Bryce Callahan.— Steelers Network (@steelersnetwork) August 29, 2021
Unless we see a player swap, I don’t see the Broncos getting more than a 4th rounder in return for Callahan. A 30-year old corner entering the final year of his deal doesn’t hold a ton of value. However, a desperate team could offer a late day 2 selection or offer a notable player who may have fallen out of favor with the team or new coaching staff.
Personally, unless you are absolutely blown away by an offer, Callahan has more value on the roster currently than he would in a trade. In a division where you face Patrick Mahomes twice, Justin Herbert twice, and Derek Carr twice, having cornerback depth is needed. Especially after last season where we saw the Broncos lose corner after corner as the season went on.
Now, if they believe a Nate Hairston or rookie Kary Vincent Jr. deserves a roster spot, then maybe you make a deal. Also, if someone else becomes available who fits, you could swing Callahan add depth afterward.
With roster moves beginning within the next 12 to 24 hours, we could see some movement on a potential deal along with other moves that may or may not happen. It’s going to be an exciting few days for Broncos Country as the team trims down to 53 players.
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