Denver Broncos stock up and stock down from the 2022 offseason

Denver Broncos, George Paton, Russell Wilson, Nathaniel Hackett (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos, George Paton, Russell Wilson, Nathaniel Hackett (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

The Denver Broncos’ 2022 offseason will likely go down in the NFL history books as one of the greatest, ever.  The trade for Russell Wilson is already one of the best trades in history, and the team is now in a great position for 2022 and beyond.

Like each team across the NFL, there are winners and losers from the offseason, which was incredibly active and league-changing.

The Denver Broncos, besides a monumental trade, were business as usual.  They signed free agents, made draft picks, and now the coaching staff has a roster 53 man roster to figure out.

So, during the offseason so far, which people within Broncos Country have stuck out as stock up and stock down?

Stock up and stock down from the Denver Broncos 2022 offseason

Stock UP: George Paton

George Paton had a clear mission when he took the GM job, replacing John Elway, about a year and a half ago.  While his job isn’t nearly done yet, he all but completed it when he traded for Russell Wilson, which not only set the Broncos up for success but also set up himself for success. Now that he has a quarterback, he can focus on other areas of the roster.

Stock UP: Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson’s 2021 season with the Seattle Seahawks was uninspiring, and apparently, something that wasn’t just an off year.  Wilson managed to free himself from what was going to turn into an even uglier situation in Seattle to a much more vibrant situation in Denver, where he has a plethora of pass catchers to throw to, along with a competent offensive line.

Stock DOWN: Graham Glasgow

Perhaps an underrated “stock down” from the 2022 offseason is Graham Glasgow, who signed a massive contract with Denver a couple of seasons ago.  He’s entering his third year with the team on a revised contract and was listed as a backup on the first unofficial depth chart.

Glasgow was obviously signed to be a starter, and his quick fall from grace puts him as a “stock down” for 2022 so far.

Stock DOWN: Mike Purcell

I think Mike Purcell is a “stock down” for the 2022 offseason.  The former starter signed an extension with Denver during the 2020 season, but he simply hasn’t been able to get back to his old form.

The nose tackle’s starting job was replaced in free agency when the team handed DJ Jones a three-year deal.  Sure, Purcell may still make the roster and will still get on the field, but I think we’ve seen the end of him consistently starting or even on the field for the Broncos.  DJ Jones is a better, faster, and younger player who helped fix a weakness on the Broncos’ roster.

Stock UP: Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy

Two players that have loads of potential that haven’t really been reached yet are Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy.  Both players have caught passes from a slew of uninspiring quarterbacks who I don’t even want to name anymore.

Now that Russell Wilson is in town, Sutton and Jeudy should be able to put the league on notice with their elite skillsets.  Sutton already has a 1,000-yard season and a Pro Bowl, and Jerry Jeudy is someone who needs to have a year-three breakout.  Fortunately, catching passes from Russell Wilson will help that

Stock DOWN: The rest of the AFC West

The final stock down of the 2022 offseason as it relates to the Denver Broncos is the rest of the AFC West.  You see, I don’t care that the Raiders traded for Davante Adams or that the Chargers signed JC Jackson and traded for Khalil Mack.

Adding Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos was the single most impactful thing a team has done since… you guessed it, the team signing Peyton Manning back in 2012.

The Broncos have been blown out by their AFC West foes at certain points during the post-Manning era, but they’ve also just barely lost close games with bottom-of-the-barrel quarterbacks.

Russell Wilson is going to eventually lead the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl title.  The Broncos are no longer a team that the Chiefs, Chargers, and Raiders can skip over anymore, and they should all be worried.