Denver Broncos: Roster bubble players around the league team should keep an eye on
Jordan Hicks has had a solid NFL career to this point, but in each of the last two drafts, the Arizona Cardinals have used a first-round pick on a linebacker with Isaiah Simmons and Zaven Collins. With those two guys slated to be the starters, Hicks will move into a backup role.
That could make Hicks a trade candidate as he certainly has the talent to be a starter, but if he is released by the Cardinals, the Broncos should leap on him.
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The Broncos could use more experience on the roster behind Alexander Johnson and Josey Jewell and Hicks is arguably a better player than both of those guys. At the moment, the Broncos will be counting on Justin Strnad and Baron Browning, two players yet to play a down in the NFL, to fill in as the reserves.
Both of those players have promise and the Broncos may not want to stunt their growth but getting a guy like Hicks could be one more piece of a potentially championship-level defense.
He can do a little bit of everything as he is a solid tackler and he can drop back into coverage, as evidenced by his 11 career interceptions. That is the kind of player the Broncos need. Hicks also has Colorado ties, having been born in Colorado Springs.
There are only eight players on the Cardinals roster who make more money than Hicks, who would force the team to eat $5 million in dead money if he was a released. At the same time, that’s a lot of money to pay a backup so the Cards might just decide it’s best to move on.