5 Broncos players that should be traded instead of cut

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Denver Broncos, Jonathon Cooper
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Denver Broncos trade candidate: Jonathon Cooper, EDGE

Let’s be clear about something here — I’m not advocating for a Jonathon Cooper trade. As a matter of fact, the very opposite. I am a Cooper fan and I think in the final two preseason games, we saw that explosiveness from him that we’ve become used to. He’s also a key contributor for the special teams unit when he’s healthy.

The issue here is that the Broncos have so many guys off the edge. How many are they going to keep on the 53-man roster this year? I don’t see how George Paton can justify keeping fewer than six edge players on the initial roster with the amount of talent and special teams production you’re getting from those guys.

Cooper is way too valuable to cut after what we saw in his rookie season and I think a lot of people in Broncos Country would be absolutely furious if the team sent him to waivers just so the Jaguars or Texans could pick him up and reap the benefits without giving up anything to get him.

Denver Broncos trade candidate: Seth Williams, WR

Another position where Denver has more talented young players than they have roster spots is at wide receiver. We know that Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Montrell Washington are making the team. Everybody seems to think Kendall Hinton is also a roster lock at this point, although I would say he’s more penciled in for a spot than written in Sharpie.

Before the preseason finale, Brandon Johnson seemed like he’d locked up a 53-man roster spot but then he suffered a high-ankle sprain.

Seth Williams is one of the guys that made a huge impact at times in the preseason but also showed some inconsistency that has raised questions about whether he’s 53-man roster ready at this point. The Broncos may need to look outside their current roster for players to fill their hole(s) at receiver, but that doesn’t mean some other NFL teams won’t want a player like Seth Williams.

Don’t forget — this team was able to recoup a sixth-round pick last year for Kary Vincent Jr., a seventh-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. George Paton will be working his magic.