The Denver Broncos haven’t been overly aggressive on the trade market since John Elway became the Executive VP of Player Operations in 2011, but that doesn’t mean that all options won’t be considered. Last year, they reportedly had interest in trading for Vikings defensive end Jared Allen at the trade deadline if the Vikings would absorb a significant amount of his remaining contract, and they weren’t willing to do so.
So, the wheels probably turn more often than we think, but the Broncos haven’t really pulled the trigger on any blockbuster trades since Elway came aboard.
If the right situation were to come along, all things would be considered, and the recent report from Jason La Canfora that the Dolphins are gauging the trade market for second year player and 2013 third overall pick Dion Jordan is something the Broncos will want to take a look at.
If Denver is thinking of using a first round pick to take a defensive end, this is a trade they should consider. Jordan is a high-risk, high-reward player, but may be better than anyone they could get in the draft at the position at pick number 31.
If the Dolphins’ asking price is more than a first rounder, I would walk away from the trade immediately and say no thanks, but all things considered, this is a pretty attractive deal if the price tag is simply a first rounder.
The Broncos may or may not call, but certainly the Dolphins will have some suitors for a talented, athletic, former top five pick that had everyone buzzing last offseason. Pass rushers are very valuable in the NFL, and with a rookie contract, a young guy like Jordan could be a really nice pickup for Denver.
The Broncos are actually pretty high on 2013 fifth round pick Quanterus Smith, but in the NFL, you can never have enough edge rushers, as was evident last year for the Broncos who lost a significant number of players at DE or OLB to injuries.
In Jack Del Rio’s scheme, Jordan could really play all over the place. He could rush from either edge position or standing as a linebacker. The Broncos could find creative ways to use he and Von Miller, as well as some of the other young players they are developing up front.
Since 2011, the Broncos have hit big on front seven draft picks, despite some having unfortunate injuries. Starting with Von Miller, the Broncos have also added Derek Wolfe, Malik Jackson, and Sylvester Williams in the draft, all of whom could be starters on opening day 2014.
If the Broncos get to free agency and feel like the best player they can get for the best price is Dion Jordan, I wouldn’t hesitate to offer a first round pick, or something of equal value. Perhaps a conditional pick based on his play in 2014 or beyond.
Either way, this is an intriguing development and the Broncos should at least see what the Dolphins are looking for because adding a young pass rusher is never a bad idea.