3. The Emmanuel Sanders factor
There are two factors at play with Emmanuel Sanders here.
The first factor is Sanders’ health. When Sanders was hurt in practice, the Broncos were preparing to make a playoff run. His injury essentially killed the offense.
Sanders was the Broncos’ best offensive players this season not named Phillip Lindsay and was perhaps having the best season of his career in Denver prior to the injury.
If Sanders is unable to return to the field by the start of the 2019 season, first of all, it puts his roster spot in jeopardy. Second of all, it means the Broncos need to potentially look to someone who could be readily available.
Whether the Broncos would make the move for Brown with or without Sanders on the roster is irrelevant to me, though selfishly I would prefer to have them both. Sanders and Brown could play inside or outside while the Broncos bring along Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton for another year.
Sanders has just one more year on his contract in Denver, so even if the team decided to watch everything play out by trading for Brown and keeping Sanders, they would go into 2020 with Brown, Sutton, and Hamilton under contract for another year.
Sanders and Brown played together before in Pittsburgh, and they would give the Broncos a heck of a duo along with their young studs in Sutton and Hamilton behind them.