Broncos 2022 cap space and 2022 NFL Draft capital among NFL’s best

Denver Broncos general manager George Paton before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos general manager George Paton before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Denver Broncos general manager George Paton will have no shortage of cap space or 2022 NFL Draft assets at his disposal in the 2022 offseason.

The Denver Broncos are poised for a pretty incredible 2022 offseason. Of course, everything starts with the team’s current search for a new head coach.

At the time this post is being written, the Denver Broncos and general manager George Paton have yet to interview any of their 10 potential candidates for the head coach vacancy, but that will come in due time.

What is a new head coach inheriting? They are certainly not inheriting a solidified quarterback situation, but everything else with this Broncos team is in a great place.

Denver Broncos have all the assets they need in 2022

Whoever winds up taking the Denver Broncos’ head coaching gig, they are inheriting one of the more talented rosters in the NFL.

Not only that, they are going to be working for a general manager in George Paton who is as savvy as they come, someone who is highly respected and almost universally trusted around the league.

Although Denver is currently without an owner, that will change in the very near future. Most people view the Broncos as being just a quarterback away from annual contention.

Denver Broncos cap space for the 2022 offseason

After the team’s decision to restructure Graham Glasgow’s base salary in 2022 from $8.4 million to $3.1 million, the team now has close to $50 million in available cap space.

Before any other moves are made, the Broncos’ available cap space heading into the 2022 offseason is just under $48 million.

This obviously will change in the coming weeks as the team decides to part ways with certain players or re-sign others. Paton has made it known that his preference is to develop players and reward his guys with contracts.

He proved that in his first year on the job by paying some of John Elway’s guys — Justin Simmons, Shelby Harris, Courtland Sutton, and Tim Patrick — on long-term contracts.

Denver Broncos 2022 NFL Draft capital

In addition to almost $48 million in available cap space, George Paton has a fine war chest of 2022 NFL Draft capital at his disposal.

  • 1st round
  • 2nd round
  • 2nd round (from Rams)
  • 3rd round
  • 3rd round (from Rams
  • 4th round
  • 5th round (from Lions)
  • 5th round
  • 6th round (from Eagles)
  • 7th round
  • 7th round (from 49ers)

For those keeping score at home, that’s 11 NFL Draft selections upcoming for Paton after he absolutely crushed just about his entire 2021 NFL Draft class.

While many are hoping some of those 11 picks go to a team like the Seahawks or Packers in a quarterback trade, the Broncos — for the time being — have ultimate NFL Draft flexibility.

2022 offseason shaping up to be massive for the Denver Broncos

There are very few teams with the assets the Denver Broncos have.

  • Roster core
  • Salary cap space
  • 11 NFL Draft picks

Of course, as of right now the Denver Broncos don’t have a quarterback. That’s a clear problem area for this team and it will be a priority.

There are needs outside of quarterback, but this team is well-constructed and ready to compete if they can get the right guy under center and the right coach in the building.

Those things are obviously much easier said than done, but you can’t help but be impressed with what George Paton and company are going into the offseason with.

Given their cap space and draft capital, just about anything should be considered on the table.

I expect them to be very aggressive in pursuit of upgrades on both sides of the ball, starting obviously with the quarterback position.