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The tricky balance of aging vets vs younger, cheaper talent

The Broncos are likely to have some really interesting battles in 2022 regarding aging veterans and up-and-coming young talent.

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As I gathered today’s news, I couldn’t help but notice the dichotomy from the Denver Broncos site regarding Kareem Jackson and Caden Sterns.

On one hand, we have an older talent who has one of the best defensive minds in the game (it is why he’s been able to play safety at such a high level with our team the past few years). In the other hand, we have a young, hungry, and extremely physically gifted young player in Caden Sterns who looked pretty darn good in the action he got to see last season.

And let’s face it, there’s only one way this story ends.

Sure, we’ll all cheer hard for Kareem. He’s the friggin’ man. He isn’t lying one iota when he talks about his tape and how he still has it.

But the reality is that business dictates what happens. Just look at his contract. He’s on a one-year deal for $2M. That’s not the contract given to a guy who’s a big part of the future plans for the Denver Broncos.

Sterns on the other hand has 3 years left on his rookie contract with ~$4M left on it.

It is simple math.

We also get to look at the same kind of situation in the offensive backfield with Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams albeit with hopefully the roles reversed as far as having the younger guy start and the vet be the backup.

This side of football can be very interesting...does the team let the vet go at the right time? Are the young guns ready to take over without a drop-off in production? These are all the questions that George Paton has to answer as he handles these kinds of negotiations.

In both cases, I’m happy to have the vets and the youth on this team. They all have roles to play and hopefully will stay focused on helping their team win games at the end of the day.

Broncos News

'There’s still a lot of juice there': S Kareem Jackson focused on making run at title after return to Denver
"I come out here every day, and I still compete at a high level," Jackson said. "I can still do it all. There’s no restrictions in my game."

Second-year safety Caden Sterns looking to build off promising rookie season
Going into his second year, safety Caden Sterns is focused less on concrete goals and more on simply improving as a player in a veteran-laden defense.

‘He’s been huge for us’: Ejiro Evero prepping for 2022 season, setting tone as Broncos’ new defensive coordinator
"At the end of the day, there’s going to be times that we’re going to have to come through, and that’s important," Evero said.

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