Denver Broncos general manager George Paton has seen Cordarrelle Patterson plenty of times when both resided in the NFC North. In fact, Paton was the Minnesota Vikings assistant general manager when Patterson was drafted by the team in 2013.
Patterson left the Vikings after the 2016 season, signing with the Oakland Raiders for a season, the New England Patriots for another year, and most recently the Chicago Bears.
Could Patterson find his way back into a reunion with one of his old GMs?
Recently, Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus and Patterson exchanged tweets:
Diontae Spencer is an exclusive rights free agent this year, which by definition is: “Any player with fewer than three accrued seasons and an expired contract. If his original team offers him a one-year contract at the league minimum (based on his credited seasons), the player cannot negotiate with other teams.“
Spencer is not a bad return man by any means. Is he a necessary piece on the team, though? The Broncos are always going to look at improving the roster.
Patterson does not only offer help on special teams. He played wide receiver but also at running back in some cases.
The point is that he is a versatile athlete.
With the statuses of Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon up in the air, I think that it would be fun to see Patterson in this offense.
Patterson is a unique player who an offense would need to figure out how to use. The Broncos struggled to find the right role for Lindsay last year, but maybe offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will do the right thing if they add Patterson.
That being said, it would seem more likely, in my opinion, that if he were to sign in Denver, that he would be on special teams for the most part.
The Broncos don’t seem to mind having that role for a player, as Spencer played just 65 plays on offense in 2020.
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McManus clearly would love to see Patterson join his team, so there would not be that possibility of having to go up against him. Would the Broncos pull the trigger on that suggestion?