Trading Bradley Chubb was undoubtedly the right move for the Broncos

Denver Broncos, Randy Gregory - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos, Randy Gregory - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Surely, not everyone in Broncos Country agrees with the team’s decision to trade Bradley Chubb, but this move was the right move for the team.  Denver will move on and the team, and defense, will be just fine.  Trading Bradley Chubb was always the plan, according to George Paton.

This is evidenced by the additions to the edge rushing unit in Randy Gregory, Baron Browning, and Nik Bonitto.  Sure, Chubb might be the best pass rusher of the four, but Gregory’s first several games in Denver showed a ton of promise, and Baron Browning looks special.

For a few reasons, this was the right move for the Denver Broncos.

Trading Bradley Chubb was the right move for Denver

1. You still have quality edge rushers on the team

What I like most about the Broncos’ pass rush is that they can get pressure from the interior and the outside.  Gregory and Browning form a hyper-athletic duo that uses speed and strength to get to the QB.  This duo is going to be fun to watch for the rest of the season.

Nik Bonitto has shown flashes in his limited action in 2022 and was one of the best edge rushers in college football when he was drafted.

On the inside, the team gets a good push from Dre’Mont Jones, who is on pace for 12 sacks this year and has even gotten two sacks from DJ Jones, the run-stuffing nose tackle.  The Broncos’ pass rush will be fine.

2. You get a first-round pick back in the deal

Lessening the blow from trading for Russell Wilson is a good thing as well.  In the long run, we’ll see that the Wilson trade was the right move, but obviously, they had to part with a ton of draft capital.  Trading Chubb gives you a first-round pick back, and its original owner was the 49ers.

George Paton has shown a strong ability to draft solid players, so giving him a first-round pick is excellent.  Remember, his first pick as GM was first-round pick Patrick Surtain II.  George Paton could also use this pick to move up or down in the draft.

Heck, he could even use it to trade for a player at a position of extreme need for the Broncos, like the offensive line.  I do think that Paton will end up picking a player with this pick and won’t use it for anything else.

Most of us should have faith that George Paton will draft another stud.

3. Don’t have to hand out another huge contract

The money aspect of this was also a reason for his departure, surely.  The team can now focus their attention on paying Dre’Mont Jones, who, honestly, might be a better player at his position than Chubb is at his.

Dre’Mont Jones is arguably having an All-Pro-type season.  He should make the Pro Bowl at least, and Paton can now turn his attention to paying him what he deserves.  The team also has DJ Jones under a huge contract, as well as Randy Gregory.

Russell Wilson, Justin Simmons, Courtland Sutton, and Tim Patrick are also on rich extensions as well.  Chubb just appeared to be the odd man out here.

With the additional draft picks the Broncos got for Chubb, along with the cap relief, the Denver Broncos will surely take advantage of his departure, making the trade the correct decision.