The Denver Broncos do not have adequate draft capital, so they will be heavily involved in the free agent market, and maybe cap casualties. One of the main issues with the Broncos at the moment is their lack of draft capital.
Their first draft pick in 2023 is not until the 68th overall selection, which is the third round. The team could part with a quality veteran or two to acquire more picks, but I would not expect the team to acquire a first-round pick this offseason.
For this reason, they should be aggressive in freeing up cap space and investing in the free agent market.
Of the potential cap casualties teams around the league will create, which three should the team monitor the most?
Three potential cap casualties for Broncos to monitor
Khalil Mack, EDGE, Los Angeles Chargers
The first one would be quite the juicy situation and one that is probably going to happen. Right now, the Chargers are roughly $20 million OVER the 2023 cap number for this coming season.
And, guess what? By cutting Khalil Mack, the team can save nearly $23 million. The Chargers can get back into the green just by cutting Mack.
He put up 8.0 sacks this year but has not had a double-digit sack season since 2018. He has been one of the better edge rushers of this generation, and being traded from the Raiders and potentially cut from the Chargers could put a fire in his stomach and perhaps have a desire to stick it to both teams and sign with the Broncos.
Maybe Los Angeles would approach him about a restructure first, but a cut makes a ton of sense.