Denver Broncos Potential Trade Deadline Moves

Oct 21, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) attempts to get to New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won the game 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL’s trade deadline is fast-approaching, and with the new rules in place teams have a couple of extra weeks to try and improve their team or make a move via trade. In previous years, the deadline was week six, and now it’s week eight.

The Broncos–and every other NFL team–have until Tuesday to make trades. Trading in the NFL isn’t nearly as common as other pro sports leagues like MLB, NHL, or the NBA because players have to come in and learn a complex offense/defense rather than just plugging and playing.

It’s a major reason why you hardly ever see big trades happen during the course of an NFL season, and a big reason why so many people were shocked at the move the Indianapolis Colts made to pick up Trent Richardson earlier this year.

The Broncos are already one of the best teams in the NFL, but they have holes and there are some big name players that could be available that they could consider swinging a deal for if the price is right. Here are some interesting options.

1. Trade for Vikings DE Jared Allen

This is a move I am fully on board with. The Broncos don’t have a pressing current need for a defensive end to start ahead of Robert Ayers, but we’re talking about Jared Allen here.

The Vikings would be wise to get value for Allen while they can, because he’s only going to be with the teams for another eight or nine weeks. Allen is a free agent in 2014 and is in the final year of a major contract he signed with the Vikings, getting paid $14 million this year.

Allen has played or will have played about half of his games by the time the trade deadline rolls around, so the Broncos would likely have to give up a second round pick or third round pick and another future conditional pick as well as $7 million in cap space (roughly) to acquire Allen.

That is a deal well-worth it. If the Broncos had to give up a player in the deal, maybe they could throw the Vikings a guy like Tony Carter with the emergence of Kayvon Webster as a rookie. The Vikings’ defensive backfield isn’t anything to write home about.

2. Trade for Jaguars DE Jason Babin

This is a deal that has been thrown around, but I’m not too keen on it. Babin doesn’t have a team-friendly enough contract for the amount of sacks he is producing, and he’s actually older than Jared Allen and has years left on his deal.

This would be a foolish move depending on the price, but I’ve read it on other sites so I threw it in here for that purpose only.

3. Trade for Browns WR Josh Gordon

If the Broncos don’t want to give Eric Decker a massive deal after this season, why not add Josh Gordon and rotate him in this season, keeping his team-friendly rookie contract through the 2015 season before he is a free agent in 2016 rather than paying Decker big money in 2014?

It’s something to think about, even though there’s 99.99% chance it wouldn’t happen. The Broncos will move pieces around to keep Decker, despite what’s been said to the contrary. He’s the most targeted receiver on the team and leads in yards. He’s a huge asset for the Broncos’ future.

4. Trade for Browns OT Joe Thomas

I never heard it reported from a major outlet, but there are rumors the Broncos contacted the Browns about Joe Thomas when Ryan Clady went down.

Couple things here.

1. Thomas’ massive contract

2. Price to get him

3. Where does he go when Clady returns?

In short, this would be a great trade to make on the Madden video game, but a terrible real life trade concept.

5. Trade for Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew

Why not?

The Broncos didn’t trust Knowshon Moreno enough to have him in the game on what could have been seven points toward beating the Colts last week (HILLMAN!!?!!!), so put your money where your mouth is…er whatever.

Why not trade for MJD if you aren’t buying into Knowshon as your closer? Jones-Drew could come on the cheap, and you pay him the final few games of this season as an audition for next season. The Broncos would have to decide if a gamble on MJD is worth a decent pick in next year’s draft.

6. Trade for Jared Allen

Did I mention this already?

Oh. Okay.

Get Jared Allen on the Broncos.

 

Topics: Denver Broncos, Jared Allen, Nfl Trade Deadline

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  • Tim Johns

    I am way on board with getting Jared Allen, they need help and Ayers has not proven to me he can fill that gap. As much as I like Ayers (my UT VOL roots), just not convinced down the road into the playoffs he can do it. And this is a win-now situation. Go for it, if not him, then you have to also get Peyton added protection in the Oline. It was abysmal the last two games, INDY showed the blueprint, now the copy cat league will happen. The good news on that, is that not every team has the personnel to do what Indy did. They need to make the trade. With Bailey hurt, again, and they need to shift him over to safety, having an impact player that has played essentially 90% of this time on losing teams, he would have a spark to play harder. And Allen is an impact player.

  • Richard Oelkers

    I think the best bold moves to get the Broncos to the promised land would be trading for a good offensive tackle or even better Adrian Peterson. In my mind, getting AP, even if it meant giving up two 1st round draft picks would be worth it. Heck, even let them pick one of Denver’s running backs as well.

    Having Peyton Manning and AP on the field at the same time would probably cause Defensive Coordinators to have a stroke. The Broncos would also be much better at controlling the clock while ahead.

    Very bold, not very likely to happen, but who knows…stranger things have happened.

  • bronncohowie

    Allen is not having a great year, I think he’s pretty much taken the money and relaxed. Babin ? We could probably pay 3 players with what he’ll demand. Gordon ? What are you smoking ?? Of course the Broncos will re-sign Decker, he had 150 yards last game !! Joe Thomas ? The boat has sailed on that one, they should have struck a deal when the Browns wanted to dump salary. Oh, see Babin ! MJD ?? Has he done anything in the last 3-4 years ??