4 players Broncos should consider trading before NFL’s deadline

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With the NFL trade deadline less than a week away, Denver Broncos general manager George Paton will have some tough decisions to make in the coming days.

Paton has been a buyer thus far, acquiring two linebackers, but that was out of necessity because the team has been hit hard by injuries at the position.

If the Broncos lose again on Sunday and drop to 3-5, it wouldn’t be surprising if the team turned into sellers ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline.

Here are four players the team should consider trading.

RB Melvin Gordon

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Gordon is averaging a productive 4.5 yards per carry this season, but the team has a long-term replacement behind him in Javonte Williams. Gordon is scheduled to become a 29-year-old free agent in 2022, so trading him now would make sense.

Gordon’s cap hit is almost $9 million this season, though, and it might be hard to find a team willing to pay the running back’s remaining salary.

Trade probability: Unlikely.

DB Kareem Jackson

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Jackson is scheduled to become a 34-year-old free agent in the spring and the Broncos have a promising young rookie in Caden Sterns behind him. If any contenders are looking for help at safety, Jackson would be a logical candidate.

Trade probability: Possible, but perhaps unlikely.

CB Kyle Fuller

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It seems that the Broncos have intentionally let word leak that they are willing to trade Fuller, even at a cheap price. Fuller has been benched in Denver and the team has plenty of depth at cornerback, so a trade would make sense. He’s set to become a 30-year-old free agent in 2022.

If the Broncos do trade Fuller, the team might be able to fetch a future sixth-round pick in exchange for the cornerback and a future seventh-round pick, or a similar late-round pick swap. Denver might even be willing to pay some of the cornerback’s salary to get a trade done.

Trade probability: Likely if they can find a buyer.

OLB Von Miller

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If the Broncos aren’t planning to re-sign Miller when he becomes a 33-year-old free agent in the spring, trading him now for a high draft pick would make sense. Miller has said in the past that he wants to finish his career in Denver, but it remains to be seen how much of a pay cut he will be willing to take on his next contract.

Trade probability: Impossible to predict without knowing if the Broncos plan to give him an extension. If the two sides are eventually going to split anyway, a trade now might be a win-win scenario for both Miller and the team.

The deadline for in-season trades is 2 p.m. MT on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

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