Denver Broncos: 5 trades that could happen before 2021 season

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Graham Glasgow, Denver Broncos
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2. RG Graham Glasgow to the Arizona Cardinals for pick(s)

The Denver Broncos should not feel obligated to trade Graham Glasgow after a 2020 season that was hindered by injury.

Glasgow was signed to a four-year, $44 million contract just one year ago, and the return on investment from the Denver Broncos’ end has not been reflective of that price tag just yet.

When healthy, the expectation is that Glasgow will play at a Pro Bowl level. That is not an unreasonable expectation given how much he’s being paid.

With that said, the fact of the matter is that the Denver Broncos may have one, perhaps two starting-caliber guards behind Glasgow and starting left guard Dalton Risner right now.

Netane Muti has been getting some pretty consistent work with the Denver Broncos’ top offense, and Quinn Meinerz looked really good in the first preseason game against the Vikings playing his natural guard position.

With Lloyd Cushenberry III seemingly establishing himself as the team’s center of the future, what’s going to happen with Glasgow beyond 2021 anyway?

There would be a $9 million dead money hit on the Broncos’ salary cap spread over 2021 ($3 million) and 2022 ($6 million) along with just under $8.6 million in total cap savings in the event that Glasgow is traded.

What price can you put on having a long-term solution at the guard position, though?

If the Denver Broncos could get a decent draft asset for the veteran Glasgow and still have no fewer than three viable options at the guard position (Risner, Muti, Meinerz), it’s definitely worth considering.

For the Arizona Cardinals, the right guard position just so happens to be the one position that’s pretty wide open or at least was heading into training camp.