Bradley Chubb will be the outside linebacker on one side of the defense for the Denver Broncos for at least two more seasons.
According to Michael Silver of NFL Network, the team has picked up the fifth-year option for the 2018 first-round and fifth overall pick.
Even though Chubb tore his ACL in 2019, missing the majority of the season, he was able to return in 2020 to post 7.5 sacks and 42 tackles. Not bad for someone who suffered one of the most-feared injuries in sports.
This is good news for the team and bad news for offenses in the AFC West. Despite both the Chargers and Raiders adding an offensive lineman in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Chubb is the type of pass rusher that is extremely difficult to contain.
The Denver Broncos let fellow pass rusher Jeremiah Attaochu leave in free agency to the Chicago Bears, and outside of Von Miller and Chubb, have really only Malik Reed at the position.
We don’t know what the future holds for Miller, as he turned 32 years old within the last month. Adding pass rusher(s) should be somewhere on the team’s to-do list as we get closer to the second and third days of the 2021 NFL Draft. There are some at the position that I personally really like that would fit the Denver Broncos nicely, maybe Azeez Ojulari of Georgia in the second round or a number of guys later on.
There is still the debate of whether or not the Broncos should have taken quarterback Josh Allen with the fifth overall pick, as he has let the team to some pretty nice success, including last season when he took them to the playoffs while posting a 37-10 touchdown to interception ratio.
After the Denver Broncos selected Patrick Sutrain II with the ninth overall pick, where do the Denver Broncos go one day two?
Both players are still young and have the chance to develop into something even greater than what they are. The Denver Broncos clearly want Bradley Chubb around and I would not be surprised to see them lock him up long-term.