Denver Broncos trade ideas with the Vikings
3. Michael Pierce, NT
May I interest you in one large human? Michael Pierce is a premier run stuffer in the NFL and would again help the Broncos along the defensive line.
The Denver Broncos rush defense was its weak point in 2021, ranking at 15th in the NFL.
While that is by no means poor, it clearly showed as a weakness on the field. Pierce does this better than anyone in the NFL and could be another trade target for certain teams.
He is 29 years old, so he isn’t young, but if the Broncos decide to go all-in this offseason, adding veterans like Pierce make a ton of sense for the team.
Current nose tackle Mike Purcell had a down year, and the team could simply look to release him outright since Vic Fangio is no longer in town.
It’s clear Purcell excelled in Fangio’s defense in 2019 and 2020, but his drop-off in 2021 was noticeable.
If the Broncos cut him as a post-June 1 transaction, they would save about $3.5 million against the cap.
With the recent Sean Payton news and the Saints having negative $74 million in cap space, the Denver Broncos should call to try and swing some trades.
He could be a cap casualty in general, but even more so if the team trades for his replacement.