5 trades the Denver Broncos could make before the roster is set

Denver Broncos, Mike Gesicki (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos trade idea no. 5: Semi-blockbuster for TE Mike Gesicki

Broncos get:

  • TE Mike Gesicki
  • 2023 5th-round pick

Dolphins get:

  • OL Graham Glasgow
  • 2023 3rd-round pick

If the Miami Dolphins are truly shopping tight end Mike Gesicki, I think he’s a very unique option for the Denver Broncos especially if you’re also considering the idea of trading away Albert Okwuegbunam. At least for his rookie season, and especially considering he’s got the nagging hamstring injury, I think the Broncos need to play it slow with Greg Dulcich.

Adding a player like Mike Gesicki could be huge for this team in terms of upgrading at tight end as well as helping replace Tim Patrick and his size in the lineup, at least for the 2022 season.

Gesicki is under contract as the franchise player of the Miami Dolphins making almost $11 million this season. The Broncos could cut over $3 million off the price to acquire Gesicki by offering the Dolphins a player like Graham Glasgow, who has proven versatility as a guard/center, which is something the Dolphins desperately need right now.

Things are not working out well with free agent pickup Connor Williams at center and the Dolphins would be best served moving him back to the guard position. Glasgow could step in and start for them at center while they could also get a decent pick and a little financial relief in return for Gesicki.

I’m sure plenty of people are going to scoff at the idea of trading away a third-round pick for Gesicki, but consider the following:

  • The Broncos have two third-round picks (they own the Colts’ selection in 2023)
  • Gesicki is only 26 years old
  • Gesicki is a better, more proven weapon in the passing game than Albert Okwuegbunam
  • The Broncos could tag Gesicki again in 2023 for a reasonable price, they could re-sign him, or they could let him go and recoup a compensatory pick down the line
  • With all of these potential trades, the Broncos would actually be adding four picks to their 2023 NFL Draft count

This is a trade that upgrades the Broncos’ offense and gives Russell Wilson another weapon in the passing game. If you trade Albert Okwuegbunam, it opens up the door for a move like this and could give the Broncos options if they also make a move for someone like Ben Mason of the Ravens.

Your blocking tight ends could be Eric Tomlinson and Eric Saubert with Gesicki and Dulcich doing the heavy lifting as receivers. It might be far-fetched to think the Broncos would be interested in Gesicki given their presently available draft capital, but this is a deal that could actually work and address probably the weakest area of the offense at the present moment.