Three trades to set the Denver Broncos up for the future

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DENVER, COLORADO – DECEMBER 19: Tim Patrick #81 of the Denver Broncos celebrates against the Cincinnati Bengals during an NFL game at Empower Field At Mile High on December 19, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

Three trades Denver Broncos can make to set themselves up for the future

Trade Tim Patrick next season when healthy for a draft pick

Perhaps an unpopular opinion is that the Broncos should consider trading Tim Patrick next offseason when he’s healthy.  He’ll be 29 when next season begins and is on a rather inexpensive contract.

I think Patrick is incredibly valuable to the Broncos, but he was clearly going to be a third option in Denver, and I think his similarities to Courtland Sutton could have made him expendable anyway.  KJ Hamler appears to be back, and Montrell Washington looks like he could be something.

So, the Broncos’ top four wide receivers going into 2023 could be Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Hamler, and Montrell Washington.  To me, I think that group is perfectly fine and quite good.  The Broncos could try and score a fourth-round pick for Tim Patrick, which would help replenish the team’s draft picks after giving a ton to the Seattle Seahawks.

A similar situation was Robert Woods this year, who, coming off an ACL injury, fell out of favor with the Rams and was traded to the Titans.  While the Rams were only given a sixth-round pick back, I stink the Broncos could get a fourth or fifth.  For being 29 next year, Patrick won’t have a ton of tread on his tires, so he likely has more good football in him than Woods does.

Again, I understand it’s unpopular, but I think it’s a move that the team might have to make.