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Broncos want to trade down?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 12, 2011 – 1:48 pm

According to the Denver Post in a perfect world the Denver Broncos would like to trade out of the number two overall pick.

Broncos beat reporter Mike Klis even insinuates that Buffalo could be interested in moving up one spot since they are perceived to be in the quarterback market. Here’s his take on the subject.

The Broncos’ preference is to trade back a few spots and pick up an extra pick but that will be difficult without a new collective bargaining agreement/rookie wage scale and if Carolina takes quarterback Cam Newton at No. 1.

Ideally, the Broncos trade back to either No. 3 Buffalo, No. 4 Cincinnati, No. 7 San Francisco or No. 8 Tennessee. Those four teams are in the quarterback market. So is Arizona at No. 5 but Cardinals GM Rod Graves almost never trades draft picks, and No. 10 Washington probably doesn’t have enough draft-pick ammunition to move up to No. 2.

In exchange for swapping first-round picks, the Broncos would pick up either a second- or third-round pick. But if Newton goes No. 1, I don’t see another team trading into the No. 2 spot for Blaine Gabbert. Maybe Buffalo would move up one spot to make sure no other teams behind them take Gabbert. Doing so, though, would probably cost the Bills their third-round pick, No. 68 overall.

Without cost certainty from a new rookie salary system, though, finding a trade partner willing to take on the No. 2 investment will be difficult and the Broncos are probably picking second.

Whether it’s legit or not we’ll never know, but he’s certainly right that if Newton is off the board, moving out from number two figures to be more difficult.


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Bengals’ QB need above WR

Posted by Chris Brown on March 22, 2011 – 9:28 am

The Cincinnati Bengals draft right behind Buffalo at fourth overall in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft and their head coach Marvin Lewis apparently isn’t shy about revealing what position takes priority.

At the NFL owners’ meetings, Lewis, when asked to assess the need for a wide receiver and the need for a quarterback, said that the quarterback need was greater. That according to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Bengals beat reporter Joe Reedy who tweeted as much this morning.

joereedy Lewis comparing the needs at WR and QB: “The QB need is greater.”

Yes, it’s obvious that Cincinati has a QB issue with Carson Palmer demanding a trade or threatening to retire, but Bengals owner Mike Brown at the owners’ meetings this morning reiterated that he has not spoken to any NFL teams about Palmer’s availability because he has no intention of trading him. Trades are not possible now anyway.

I really don’t think a lot should be read into this. It’s common posturing by NFL clubs and knowing that Broncos team president John Elway is doing something similar in hinting at quarterbacks in the Broncos spot at 2 only lends further credence to the fact that these clubs are trying to see what level of interest might be out there for clubs looking to possibly move up the draft board.

And it appears that the Vikings at 12 could be one of those teams interested in doing so. With the Bengals talking about quarterback over receiver, it could encourage Minnesota to jump in front of Cincinnati, which could benefit the Bills with options at third overall. Who knows?


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Broncos to trade out at #2?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2011 – 11:17 am

The Denver Broncos currently have the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, but after John Elway’s comments to the NFL Network on Super Bowl weekend there’s some thought that Pat Bowlen’s club may try to move out of the number two slot.

According to the Denver Post, Broncos Team President John Elway said the following with respect to their plans with the second overall pick when he appeared on NFL Network over the weekend.

“We’re in the process of setting that board up,” Elway said. “The board is set, but as far as where we’re going to go with it, we don’t really know until we find out what’s going to go on the collective bargaining agreement, because obviously that second pick is an expensive pick if it stays as it is…. we’re hoping that the collective bargaining agreement comes together quickly, and then once that comes together we can kind of figure out our philosophy going into this draft.”

With three picks in the top 46, most believe Elway’s statement is an indication that if a new CBA is not reached prior to the draft that the Broncos will make every effort to trade down to avoid the possibility of handing out a huge signing bonus or guaranteed money of major proportions to the second overall choice as has been the case in prior drafts.

Lions second overall pick Ndamukong Suh last year got $40M guaranteed on a $68M deal.

Of course trading out of that spot could be easier said than done, knowing there are a lot of other clubs that hold the fear of the unknown with respect to a rookie wage scale, which prior to a new CBA being reached is completely up in the air.

Obviously the way this impacts the Bills is another NFL club with a completely different set of needs could leapfrog them at 3 and change the landscape at the top of the draft board very quickly.

If the Broncos do remain in the two hole, Elway gave a strong indication as to which side of the ball they’ll address, though it’s no secret.

“We have a lot of holes,” he said. “We were 32nd in defense last year. So obviously that is very much a concern.”


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Bills were happy with their effort

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2008 – 7:26 am

There was no question the Bills took some satisfaction in spoiling things a bit for Denver with respect to their playoff hopes and aspirations for a division title.

Overhearing some of the Denver reporters in the press box, they didn’t like where the game was headed by halftime.

They were saying they’ve seen the game unfold like this several times this season. Get up on an opponent, falter, get back into the game, have to make a play at the end and either win or lose.

It happened again on Sunday.


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Broncos won’t be scoreboard watching

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2008 – 10:23 pm

Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan knows all his team needs to clinch the AFC West is a loss by San Diego on Sunday OR a win over Buffalo.

San Diego plays at Tampa  Bay at 1pm and the Broncos don’t play the Bills until 4:05pm. So Denver could know if they’re division champs before they take the field against Buffalo.

Only Shanahan doesn’t intend to give his players the means to find that out.

“To be honest with you we’re not going to have any TVs on and we’re not going to have them announce it at the game,” said Shanahan. “I guess if guys want to find out the score they probably could, but it’s not going to be easy for them. I don’t care what San Diego does, we want to play a complete football game and hopefully we will.”

Not hard to respect that approach and after getting beaten 30-10 last week at Carolina in a game in which the Panthers rolled up 23 unanswered points to beat the Broncos, getting back on the winning track is important for Denver heading into the playoffs.


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