If the Broncos trade any of these players, namely someone like Demaryius Thomas, what message does that send?
Does it indicate the Broncos are ‘tanking’? I don’t think that would be the case. The Broncos have some players capable of stepping into bigger roles, and the thought process behind some of these deals may be to simply move on to the new era sooner rather than later.
The team may see what happens in Kansas City this weekend before making any deals that would indicate, even in the slightest way, a ‘tank’.
Those types of moves we will discuss in another piece.
Thomas is a player whose production has been steadily declining, and his contract increasing. There’s no clearer indicator that a player should be traded than that right there. If the Broncos decide to move him, it’s likely for the best for both parties.
Trading some of the other players on this list have differing meanings, in my opinion. Marshall and Stewart could be dealt in what general managers and coaches would call ‘football moves’. Those players are simply playing at replacement level, not irreplaceable starter level.
Bradley Roby is the same type of way.
The Broncos are seemingly no longer under a delusion that they need to buy at the trade deadline, though they could take some calculated risks on players with more than one year remaining on rookie contracts if they feel there are worthwhile reclamation projects available.
It feels like the Broncos will be pretty active at this year’s trade deadline as sellers as they look to accumulate draft capital for 2019 and beyond.