Every single year, fans of every NFL team discuss who they think could find themselves off their favorite franchise sooner than later. Being close to Denver Broncos social media, there are certain players who are frequently talked about in that same conversation.
Whether fair or not, that’s just the way it goes in today’s day and age.
There are some things that are completely out of a player’s control. That being said, on the field, some just don’t cut it in a fan’s standards. I won’t pretend to know the ins and outs of everything that goes into being a pro athlete. Some things I will not understand (e.g. play calls, assignments, etc).
What I can analyze is fan reactions. Some arguments about a player’s status with a team are fair and some aren’t. At the end of the day, we want the team to win. How can the Denver Broncos improve? There is a lot that goes into it all. Football is a team effort, but if you just aren’t doing well enough, you’ll be out of a job sooner than later.
There are locks and then there are players who very well could be cut after this season for whatever reason. With a new coaching staff in place, there will be some major changes in the near future. Sean Payton will do his best to make this team right.
Here are three players currently under contract that fans of the Broncos seem to want gone in 2023.
3 Denver Broncos under contract in 2023 fans want to move on from: Lloyd Cushenberry, center
When it comes to offensive linemen, it isn’t just enough to have them get better individually. They’re a group. They have to be able to be cohesive. All five of them. Unfortunately, that was hardly ever the case for the Denver Broncos in 2022.
Through 17 games in 2022, the Denver Broncos allowed the very most amount of sacks with 63. That’s with a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Russell Wilson leading the way at the most important position.
I strongly disagree with the idea that Wilson just all of a sudden fell off. The offensive line has to be able to protect the star quarterback in order for him to be at his best. Cushenberry did miss half the season last year, but even with that, we still hadn’t seen much improvement from him.
Something else to consider is that Cushenberry was a healthy scratch for a good portion of the 2022 season. That’s not ideal when trying to develop a player. I think that the Denver Broncos should strongly consider a veteran to bring in for the center position. That could provide a jolt for the unit and help them show tremendous improvement.
Some potential replacements could be Rodney Hudson, Austin Blythe, or Connor McGovern.