QB, CB, OT, LB, TE, DT, IOL, WR, SS
Available Draft Picks:
1(10), 2(41), 3(72), 4(126), 5(149), 5(157), 6(183), 7(239)
Starting Cap Space:
Denver trades 5(149) to Cincinnati for WR John Ross
Rumor has it that John Ross is on the trade block for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Denver Broncos could definitely use his speed on the outside, especially with Joe Flacco’s big arm under center now. A fifth round pick is nothing compared to the potential return on investment.
QB Case Keenum to save $11,000,000
Not exercising LB Brandon Marshall’s option to save $8,843,750
S Darian Stewart to save $3,568,750
With the newly-acquired Joe Flacco on the roster, Case Keenum is almost definitely on his way out and I can’t find any team willing to take on that massive contract so they’re just going to have to eat that money up. I included not exercising Brandon Marshall’s just for those that aren’t aware that the Broncos are most likely not exercising his option. Darian Stewart just hasn’t performed at a high enough level to justify his salary anymore.
LB Shaquil Barrett for 4 yrs, $29,779,505
DL Domata Peko for 1 year, $2,200,000
LS Casey Kreiter for 1 year, $1,105,000
OL Elijah Wilkinson for 1 year, $645,000 (ERFA)
WR Tim Patrick for 1 year, $570,000 (ERFA)
DL Shelby Harris for 1 year, $3,110,000 (2nd-round tender)
Shaquil Barrett was a no-brainer re-signing to keep with this pass-rush. Domata Peko can still provide a valuable presence on the interior of the defensive line. Casey Kreiter provides some consistency to the Denver special teams unit. Elijah Wilkinson and Tim Patrick are contributors that could be brought back on minimum deals while they’re still early-rights free agents. Putting the tender on Shelby Harris solidifies that the Broncos either retain his talent for cheap or they get a second round pick back.
Free Agent Signings:
TE Tyler Eifert for 1 year, $3,000,000
OT Daryl Williams for 4 years, $32,000,000
S Kenny Vaccaro for 2 years, $5,000,000
Tyler Eifert has always struggled to stay healthy but the Denver Broncos have shown that durability isn’t as important for them as the ability to perform when healthy so they take a shot here on someone that’s proven he can be productive when healthy. Daryl Williams is coming off of dislocating his right knee cap and tearing his MCL but if he can return back to his pre-injury form, Williams could be one of the top free agent steals this year. Kenny Vaccaro has been an above-average defender in every one of his seasons in the NFL so far so bringing him in for a short-term deal would be smart.
I really don’t think that trading for Joe Flacco hurts the Broncos plans for drafting a new QB this offseason. If anything, I think that the purpose of trading for Flacco was to bring in a strong arm QB to mold.
2.41 – Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
Julian Love has some of the best technique out of all corners in this year’s draft class so he’d be able to step in right away to replace the recently departed Bradley Roby.
3.72 – Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida
An athletic, high-floor linebacker with a physical play-style, Joseph should be a solid fit in Vic Fangio’s defense.
4.126 – Kris Boyd, CB, Texas
Chris Harris Jr. can’t play forever so drafting Boyd here gives the Broncos another high-potential player but this one can sit for a year and learn behind one of the best corners in the league.
5.157 – Ross Pierschbacher, IOL, Alabama
Pierschbacher is a high-floor player that probably won’t improve a ton but he’s good enough to step in right away and start at center for this Broncos offense.
6.183 – Daylon Mack, DL, Texas A&M
Daylon Mack was a highly-touted high school recruit that never really met his potential at Texas A&M but with proper NFL coaching, he might be able to develop into a solid contributor.
Although not spoken about a ton, Diontae Johnson should be able to help his stock a ton with a strong combine performance. Johnson plays above his size and is a home run threat every time he touches the ball.
Cap Space Spent on Re-signings:
Cap Space Spent on Free Agents:
Cap Space Spent on Draft Picks:
Total Cap Remaining:
QB: Joe Flacco
HB: Phillip Lindsay
FB: Andy Janovich
WR1: Emmanuel Sanders
WR2: Courtland Sutton
Slot WR: DaeSean Hamilton
TE1: Tyler Eifert
TE2: Jake Butt
Offensive Line Starters
LT: Garett Bolles
LG: Ronald Leary
C: Ross Pierschbacher
RG: Connor McGovern
RT: Daryl Williams
Defensive Line Starters
WDE: Derek Wolfe
NT: Domata Peko/ Shelby Harris
SDE: Adam Gotsis
WLB: Von Miller
ILB: Todd Davis
ILB: Vosean Joseph
SLB: Bradley Chubb
CB1: Chris Harris Jr.
CB2: Isaac Yiadom
Slot CB: Julian Love
FS: Justin Simmons
SS: Kenny Vaccaro
K: Brandon McManus
P: Colby Wadman
KOS: Brandon McManus
LS: Casey Kreiter
KR: John Ross
PR: John Ross