Denver Broncos: Team should be seriously shopping Shelby Harris

Denver Broncos DL #96 Shelby Harris. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos DL #96 Shelby Harris. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports /

With the NFL trade deadline on the horizon, the Denver Broncos have one piece that they should consider moving.

The NFL trade deadline — which is the same day as Election Day this year — has garnered more and more attention in recent years. That is because teams around the league actually move to make transactions nowadays, unlike in the past.

Some major names have been tossed around from the Broncos roster in relation to trade rumors, most notably Justin Simmons and Garett Bolles. But the team should not be in the market to move one of them. Instead, Shelby Harris is the guy to focus on finding a new home for.

That is not a slight against Harris, who has become a key cog for the team. But he is in the final year of his contract and the odds of him returning to Denver may not be great.

During this past offseason, Harris searched high and low for an offer for another team, though apparently a satisfactory offer was never presented. He returned to the Broncos but that certainly wasn’t his top desire but rather, something he basically settled for.

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Harris is having another good season with 2.5 sacks in seven games and he has been one of the most effective players on the team’s defense for some time now. That could help net him the deal he thought he would get this past offseason during next year’s free-agent signing period.

In order for the Broncos to get something in return for that production and not have to hope that Harris settles for Denver again, the team could contact a contender to see if they want to add him to the defensive line.

Obviously, a move like this would signal the Broncos could be packing it in for this season as replacing Harris’ production with anyone on the current roster at this point would be extremely difficult. John Elway is anything but a quitter, so he may not see any value in moving Harris.

But if the team was interested in dealing him and could find a willing trade partner, the Broncos should easily be able to get back a day two draft pick in return for the 29-year old Harris.

It’s something the organization should absolutely consider.