I’d expect George Paton to be active next offseason trying to improve the Broncos’ roster. Could he pull off another absolutely insane trade? The Broncos do not have a ton of draft capital since trading for Russell Wilson, but that does not mean that George Paton won’t try and pull off another wild trade or two.
Perhaps the team now thinks that they won’t have Russell Wilson for more than four years, instead of what was thought to be a more longer term commitment. Either way, I think the Broncos should operate as if Russell Wilson only has a year or two left in the league.
Obviously Wilson will play for longer, but the sense of urgency in the team building could yield an incredibly talented roster as a result. Slowly chipping away at building a Super Bowl caliber roster while your quarterback ages is not smart.
For that reason, I think Paton will end up being active again after the season in both free agency and in making another trade or two. What kind of crazy trades could he pull off?
Three crazy trades for the Broncos after the 2022 season
Trading Courtland Sutton to the Cardinals for DeAndre Hopkins and a draft pick
The first crazy trade I am proposing is the Broncos sending Courtland Sutton to the Arizona Cardinals for DeAndre Hopkins and a draft pick.
My reasoning for this is twofold:
- First, Courtland Sutton has been a bit inconsistent this year, has struggled with drops, and seems to be becoming the second or even third choice of Russell Wilson behind Jerry Jeudy and Greg Dulcich
- The Cardinals are close to imploding–Kliff Kingsbury is likely gone soon and their team may need to go through a bit of a rebuilding around Kyler Murray, so trading Hopkins for a younger and cheaper receiver might be the path for them
Moreover, if the Broncos were to trade Courtland Sutton, they’d have to do it this coming offseason where they can save the most money against their cap space.
Sutton is still in his 20s and is a proven WR1. Kyler Murray would get a younger and bigger weapon for the future in Sutton, while the Broncos would get a better, albeit a bit older receiver in Hopkins who may make a bigger difference in the offense than Sutton.
DeAndre Hopkins is a borderline Hall of Fame player, and the Broncos likely would not have to part with a draft pick. I would propose trading Sutton to the Cardinals for Hopkins and a fifth round pick.