Denver Broncos: 7 trade ideas for 2018 trade deadline
The Broncos making moves at this year’s trade deadline is equally about shedding salary as it is about giving young players a chance to shine.
By the time week nine rolls around, Su’a Cravens is going to be back in the lineup, Will Parks is going to be ready for more playing time, and the team has Dymonte Thomas and Shamarko Thomas both making an impact on special teams (when healthy).
Darian Stewart has not been the same player he was in 2015 and 2016 and the Broncos have to know that. His price tag has exceeded what the team is getting from him on a week to week basis and the Seahawks could use a veteran with his experience on the back end of their very young defense.
The Seahawks — or any team trading for Stewart — would only have to pay about $2.1 million of his base salary while the Broncos pay the dead money fees, but it’s either get something for him now or be forced to release him in the offseason and get nothing in return.
Even for this low of a price, the Broncos should be looking to get some value where they can and shed that salary. There would be a number of teams likely willing to pay Stewart the $2.1 million the rest of this season with the out in his contract after this year, so the Seahawks might not be the only interested party.