The Denver Broncos haven’t had a lot going for them as of late aside from a popular head coaching hire. The trade for Russell Wilson got off to a horrible start and never stopped. On top of that, they’ve been mostly quiet in free agency and are low on draft capital. After murmurs that they were open to trading one of either Courtland Sutton or Jerry Jeudy to increase their draft capital, Sean Payton said the Broncos weren’t looking at those options.
In an interview with the NFL Network, Payton acknowledged that there has been interest from other teams surrounding the availability of both receivers.
“I see and read just like everyone else does,” Payton said. “Then occasionally, when someone really crowds the plate, I throw a fastball right at their chin, and they back up, and they’re like, ‘Alright.’ And so, I haven’t thrown any fastballs lately, but we’re not trading those two players.”
It makes sense as to why the Broncos might do it. Both players are in their mid-twenties, are fully capable of taking prominent roles in any offense and hold significant trade value. But the Broncos are a team that threw all of their weight and future behind Russell Wilson, for better or worse.
Sean Payton and the Broncos have been very openly setting this tone since he was hired. Payton has implied more than once that he’s coming in not knowing what went wrong last season. He and the Broncos have also both stated there’s too much talent on the team to decline as they did. So, it seems it’s all but cemented that Payton will give this roster at least one more year to succeed. After that, and once Payton has a better feel for the team dynamic, we may see some big changes.
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