Denver Broncos 3 trade packages for Bears LB Roquan Smith

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Since Bears’ All-Pro linebacker Roquan Smith requested a trade, there hasn’t been much more movement. Here are packages the Denver Broncos can offer.

Some may say that the inside linebacker position has been devalued in today’s NFL, but I disagree.  I think the Denver Broncos should upgrade their linebacking core, and Roquan Smith would be a great place to start.

The Denver Broncos do not have a ton of draft capital because of their trade for Russell Wilson.

Plus, George Paton does love draft picks, so I do think a trade for Smith is unlikely, simply because the Broncos wouldn’t be left with a ton of capital.

However, I do think they could make some packages that the Chicago Bears would have to entertain.  Consider that they have a rookie general manager in Ryan Poles.  The one legitimate trade he made was trading Khalil Mack, and he got absolutely fleeced.

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Denver Broncos trade packages for Roquan Smith

Graham Glasgow, Jonas Griffith, 2nd round pick (’24), 3rd round pick (’24)

The first offer for Roquan Smith is an even split between players and draft picks.

The Bears essentially get a much lesser replacement for Smith in Jonas Griffith, who has looked good for the Broncos this offseason.

They also get some much-needed help along the offensive line in Graham Glasgow, who played for Michigan in college and was formerly in the NFC North with the Detroit Lions.

The second and third-round picks in 2024 allow the Broncos to not have to deplete their 2023 capital even further, and the 2024 draft still being two years away also allows George Paton to try and recoup some 2024 capital as well.

The Broncos would get Roquan Smith back in the trade.  Graham Glasgow wasn’t listed as the starter on the Broncos’ initial unofficial depth chart, and Griffith simply hasn’t played enough to establish himself as a legitimate starter, so the team would not be losing much, I don’t think.