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In his Denver Broncos free agency preview for The Gazette (subscription required for link), Woody Paige wrote that general manager George Paton will “probably” make tight end Nick Vannett and quarterback Jeff Driskel salary cap casualties this offseason. Paige also mentioned safety Kareem Jackson as a possible cap cut.
Vannett is scheduled to have a salary cap hit of $3,553,125 this season and the Broncos could save $2,678,125 by cutting him, according to OverTheCap.com. Vannett didn’t have much of an impact in 2020.
Denver could save $2.5 million by releasing Driskel, who struggled when called on to replace an injured Drew Lock last season.
If the Broncos decline Kareem Jackson’s contract option, the team will save an additional $10 million in cap space. While possible, Jackson being cut seems less likely than Vannett and Driskel.
Paige’s free agency preview also listed four free agents who he believes are on Paton’s offseason wish list
The opportunity for a guy like Trubisky, the 2nd pick in an NFL Draft just four years ago, was apparently too good to be true. He could have parlayed Stitched Jeff Driskel Jersey, that opportunity to compete into a big contract like Ryan Tannehill did (in theory, anyway) with the Titans, but it wasn’t for Trubisky’s lack of interest that he’s not a member of the Denver Broncos right now.
For that price, you have to wonder how much the Denver Broncos and GM George Paton really want to upgrade the situation Throwback Jeff Driskel Jersey, behind (or around, however you look at it) Drew Lock.
They could have signed Mitchell Trubisky — again, a former no. 2 overall pick — for the same price they signed Jeff Driskel a year ago.
Trubisky, remember, is a player that Vic Fangio has gone to the playoffs with in Chicago (2018). Although Trubisky has not lived up to his draft status, there are worse reclamation projects and less exciting backup options than a guy who still might have some upside.
The unrequited interest from Trubisky in free agency is fascinating on a number of levels.
As previously stated, the fit with the Broncos from his perspective is obvious. The fit from the Broncos’ end? Frankly, it could have been equally obvious.
An inexpensive hedge to compete with Drew Lock who is still young and not devoid of upside? A guy who knows the head coach personally and is well-known by other coaches/personnel on the Denver Broncos who Royal Jeff Driskel Jersey, coached against him while with the Vikings?
Let’s not pretend that Trubisky was the best possible option the Broncos could get in the 2021 offseason. But in terms of all of the qualities you might be looking for as a young, inexpensive, possibly Tannehill-like hedge?
Trubisky certainly fit the description.
The Denver Broncos passed. It makes you wonder what the team is planning on doing. The Broncos still have a bunch of salary cap space, so they could try to swing a trade for someone like Teddy Bridgewater (Carolina), Nick Foles (Chicago), or Gardner Minshew to compete with Drew Lock to be the starter in 2021.
But none of those moves really move the needle and put the Broncos firmly in the Drew Lock camp.
If that’s where they decide to pitch a tent after Paton goes on his tour of Pro Days — he’s seen Trey Lance, Justin Fields, and Zach Wilson in person at this point — then so be it.
Call it an overreaction if you must, but I think the Broncos’ lack of interest in Mitch Trubisky given his apparent interest in the team speaks volumes to the team’s ultimate plans.