Aug 16, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Kenjon Barner (34) celebrates after scoring a 94-yard punt return touchdown during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts in a preseason NFL football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Broncos preseason has come and gone. With a record of 3-1, there was more good than bad to have come out. Now that the team is focused on getting the roster down to 53 players, lots of decisions need to be made.
From what we know, the Broncos could be open up to trading some players on the roster as the deadline nears. Most notably on Hard Knocks with the Texans, John Elway would not be opposed to a trade.
Perhaps a good place to look is in Philadelphia. Rumor has just emerged that the Eagles are willing to trade running back Kenjon Barner, according to a report from NJ.com’s Mark Eckel.
If the rumors are proven true, then I do not think it would hurt for John Elway to contact Jeffery Lurie about a possible trade.
The only issue is that, according to the report, the Eagles might be looking at either a late round draft pick or positions at offensive line or safety for Kenjon Barner. The Broncos could not afford to lose a player at either position, especially with T.J. Ward’s suspension.
However, the Broncos did get a seventh round draft pick from the Houston Texans in the Chris Clark deal. Perhaps John Elway can use that pick or their own seventh round pick to strike a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Having Kenjon Barner on the roster would really help on special teams. The Broncos could really use some help in that department with how much the returners have struggled.
However, another reason that this could be a tricky trade for the Broncos is due to the running back depth. Depending on how the team handles the depth at running back could make a possible trade for Kenjon Barner wishful thinking.
With C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman, and Juwan Thompson leading the way, the only logical thing that could make this trade for Kenjon Barner a reality is if the Denver Broncos first trade Montee Ball and end up placing Kapri Bibbs on the waived list/practice squad.
Can any of those situations happen? Perhaps. The NFL is really unpredictable, especially at the point of the final cuts. But having Kenjon Barner on the roster could be a piece that the Broncos need for a deep run.