Denver Broncos: Team should try to get what it can for Royce Freeman
Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman is starting to become a fading light on the roster.
Once a promising prospect after being drafted in the third round of the 2018 draft, Royce Freeman just hasn’t worked out the way the team thought he would. There could be many reasons for that, including the possibility that Denver just isn’t a good fit for the former Oregon star.
The Broncos have been busy with the running back position this offseason, allowing Phillip Lindsay to find a new team, signing free agent Mike Boone and trading up in the second round of the draft to select North Carolina’s Javonte Williams.
Of course, Melvin Gordon is still in the mix and serves as the team’s starter at the moment.
With Gordon, the young and powerful Williams, and Boone, the Broncos have a trio that they like. It seems clear that Freeman won’t be in the team’s plans much and if he even makes the team, could be a healthy scratch for many games.
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The Broncos should look to move him.
Freeman is entering the final year of his rookie deal and almost certainly wouldn’t be back in 2022 anyway. The Broncos likely couldn’t get much for him in return (likely a day three pick in the draft) but that would be better than nothing.
There could be a few teams interested in potentially receiving Freeman and resurrecting his pro career. The Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, and Carolina Panthers are all teams that could use more depth in the offensive backfield and could see Freeman as still having some upside.
Freeman is still just 25 years old and has just 297 career rushing attempts, so there could definitely be some more tread on his tires.
Though this is not the trade that Broncos Country wants to discuss at the moment, the Broncos should seriously think about moving Freeman while they still can.