Denver Broncos: 5 players who won’t be back with team in 2022

Denver Broncos, QB Teddy Bridgewater. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Melvin Gordon, RB #25 of the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos appear to be a sinking ship, and though there is plenty of time left in the 2021 season, some focus needs to start being placed on next year.

The Broncos still have 10 games left to play, but if we’re honest with ourselves, this season is already over. Sitting at 3-4, they are still very much in it mathematically, but watching the team’s last four games, it’s hard to imagine how the Broncos will win many more games this season.

The Broncos have a long list of players set to become unrestricted free agents after this season, and each of these players is on that list. But there is also the trade deadline this season, which is set for November 2. At least one of these guys could be gone before then.

Regardless of when it happens, the Broncos are a rebuilding team that could have a new coaching staff and new ownership in 2022. It could truly be the beginning of a new era in Denver.

That’s why these fives players won’t be back beyond this season.

Kyle Fuller, cornerback

Denver Broncos, Kyle Fuller
DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 26: Cornerback Kyle Fuller #23 of the Denver Broncos defends on the field during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Empower Field at Mile High on September 26, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

Kyle Fuller has been the subject of many trade rumors as the deadline approaches and it seems to be no secret that the Broncos are shopping him. We have come up with some trade scenarios of our own involving the disappointing corner.

Whether or not the Broncos trade Fuller, it seems sure he won’t be back next year. He signed a one-year deal during this past offseason and has struggled mightily with the Broncos, being benched for this past week’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

But Fuller could be a good fit somewhere else. He has made Pro Bowls and has been one of the better cornerbacks of the last handful of years. The Broncos may even be able to get a good return from him, especially if a contender like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team with clear needs in the secondary, will pay up for him.