Denver Broncos: Trade deadline options with playoffs not impossible

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Denver Broncos 2020 trade deadline options after Chargers win.

With three wins in their last four games, the Denver Broncos are in an interesting position approaching the 2020 NFL trade deadline.

The NFL implemented a new rule in 2020 where seven teams from each conference will make the playoffs, and along with a number of other teams, the Broncos have now found themselves in the hunt for one of those potential wild card spots, assuming the Kansas City Chiefs continue destroying most everything in their path.

The Denver Broncos’ front office is obviously led by John Elway, and Elway’s focus has seemingly been hoarding cap space so the team can roll over as much as possible to the 2021 offseason. What that means is, if the Broncos end this year with $20 million in cap space, they will get to roll that over to next year and add it to the NFL’s maximum salary cap number.

It’s a significant thing for right now because of the uncertainty of what the NFL’s salary cap will look like next offseason, potentially dipping from over $198.2 million to $175 million.

That has been considered the worst-case scenario for the NFL at this point, but it could impact the NFL trade deadline nonetheless.

The Broncos are in the bottom half of the NFL right now with just over $165 million in salary cap commitments in 2021. The $20 million rollover would allow them flexibility next offseason if the cap does dip down substantially.

Because the Broncos have been clinging tightly to that rollover, most trade deadline deals (involving players with high salaries) are not overly sensible.

Should the Broncos give up both draft capital and sacrifice their 2021 salary cap rollover to make moves this year?

Catching that winning feeling could alter the answer to that question, but only within reason.

We’ve looked into a number of options from the Broncos’ perspective at the trade deadline, all the way from sellers to maybe a couple of different deals they should look into.

After winning three of their last four games, what are some of the options for the Denver Broncos to look into?