Denver Broncos Futures: Which 2023 free agents will return for next year?

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HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 8: Dalton Risner #66 of the Denver Broncos walks to the sidelines in the second half of a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 8, 2019 in Houston, Texas. The Broncos defeated the Texans 38-24. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Which 2023 free agents should return to the Denver Broncos?

3. Billy Turner, OT, Dalton Risner, OG

Two other 2023 free agents are also two potential starters for the Broncos in 2022.

They are also possibly not making the starting lineup for week one.

I think there’s a chance that Risner gets traded since he’s had a rough last two seasons.  Denver might see more value in acquiring draft capital for him.

Billy Turner is a better player, and the former Bronco can play both guard and tackle.

I think there’s a much better chance that Turner cracks the starting lineup.  He could be the starting right tackle or starting left guard, since Quinn Meinerz is probably the starting right guard.

Turner is familiar with Nathaniel Hackett and playing in his offense more than Risner is, so I think Turner has a clearer path to staying with the team beyond 2022.

I don’t think Dalton Risner is going to be with the Denver Broncos in 2023.

He hasn’t exactly given reason to trust him to be a competent starter in 2022, and with the number of players Denver has along the IOL, Risner might be an odd man out.

Prediction/Decision: Billy Turner – Keep, Dalton Risner – Do not keep