By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole
In Broncos Country, the word is Rumors. Not Fleetwood Mac’s album, but the non-stop speculation from “sources”. So much talk, so little action.
Sources say defensive back Aqib Talib, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, and quarterback Trevor Siemian are on the trading block. In addition, names like running back C.J. Anderson, outside linebacker Brandon Marshall and linebacker Todd Davis have also been rumored. Add defensive end Shane Ray to that list and you get the picture.
WR Cody Latimer is a free agent, as are WRs Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor. Tight end Virgil Green is one as well. WR Demaryius Thomas is due 1.1 to keep his contract going. Center Matt Paradis is a restricted free agent. Seems like I just listed 1/2 our team.
Here’s What I think: Sanders is on the block because he had a problem in Texas and the team didn’t know about it. A veteran like him should know to contact your team and that everything always comes out, so not contacting the team says a lot. He could be kept to entice a guy like QB Kirk Cousins; however, he and Thomas are aging and always hurt.
Talib is rumored to be available because the thought is Denver needs cap space for Cousins and that cornerbacks Bradley Roby and Brendan Langley can replace him. Talib has lost a step and I’m still mad at him because of the Week 17 loss. I disagree on Cousins in Denver and that the other two can replace Aqib. With that said, if Denver wants to bring in some fresh blood in a rebuild, I can see this, but not because of Cousins or that Roby is better.
Anderson returning seems like a dismal chance because of his age and in a run-first system, he barely got a 1,000 yards. The offensive line was actually pretty good as run graters. Not to mention, they have two young backs they need to get going and most likely will draft a third.
Trading Shane Ray is ridiculous. He was injured last season and when he came back late in the year, he wasn’t 100%. I say they sign OLB Shaquil Barrett and keep Ray. As far as the interior linebackers, I hope Denver drafts LSU LB Tremaine Edmunds. Marshall has too much dead money to cut him and a team won’t pick it up in a trade because of age and injury history. Not to mention, he was the lead tackler. This will leave Davis on the hot seat.
Soon enough, all this talk will turn into action, and it’ll be fun to see what happens!
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