Broncos trade rumors: five possible deals for John Elway

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Oct 4, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas (73) jogs onto the field during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Option #1 — Pull out all the stops for Joe Thomas, OT, Cleveland Browns

As I was saying before, I don’t think the Broncos planned on placing Ty Sambrailo on season-ending injured reserve. Let’s look at a quick little timeline of events here, which may or may not be related…

  1. The Broncos go through a full week of practice with Sambrailo, though limited at times. Looks on pace to possibly play vs. Green Bay.
  2. Sambrailo is listed as ‘Doubtful’ at the last minute (Friday)
  3. Rumors emerge on Sunday that Joe Thomas (OT) and Alex Mack (C) are on the block in Cleveland.
  4. Rumors emerge that Joe Staley (OT, 49ers) can be had in a trade.
  5. Rumors of Russell Okung (OT, Seahawks) being traded emerge.
  6. The Broncos announce Sambrailo will miss the rest of the season (Monday)
  7. John Elway trades for Vernon Davis, doesn’t rule out further moves

If you are a trade deadline conspirator, you might think the Broncos were up to something.

A trade for Joe Thomas makes a ton of sense from a football standpoint. The Broncos need someone to replace Sambrailo over the course of a long season, and there are reports the Browns are willing to listen to a deal. The trade doesn’t make a lot of sense in terms of the fact that the Broncos don’t necessarily have the draft pick real estate to facilitate a move with Cleveland, so they might have to get creative.

Perhaps the inclusion of a guy like Cody Latimer, a wide receiver with a ton of upside, or even a Brock Osweiler (?!?!) would get a deal done. Still, all of that seems like a long shot and something that might only happen in a franchise mode of a Madden video game, but then again, look at the Broncos’ roster…

Next: Trade Option #2