Denver Broncos: Why the Team Should Get What They Can for Knowshon Moreno

Travis Wakeman@@traviswakeman10Featured Columnist IVOctober 31, 2012

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 09:  Running back Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos runs the ball in for a 7-yard touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the NFL season opener at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 9, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Due to Hurricane Sandy, the NFL trade deadline has been extended to 2 p.m. EDT time on Thursday. While it doesn't appear that much activity will take place, especially for the Denver Broncos, there's always a chance.

Could a team call the Broncos expressing interest in little-used running back Knowshon Moreno? There's always a chance.

After making the roster this season despite the team using an early pick to select Ronnie Hillman out of San Diego State, Moreno has quietly been forgotten this season as the Broncos currently sit atop the AFC West. On the year, Moreno has just 15 yards rushing and has been made inactive every game since Week 2, a game he fumbled in against Atlanta.

So, what would Moreno be worth?

There are several teams out there who could use more options at running back: Arizona, Green Bay and New Orleans, to name a few.

Moreno's five-year rookie deal included a club option that could keep him with the team through 2014. But for what? The team has clearly decided Moreno is not in its future plans. Hillman is getting more carries each week, and he is the guy that the current organization wants to be the future. Hillman is averaging 4.4 yards per carry on the season, and Sunday night against New Orleans, was given 14 carries, nicely spelling Willis McGahee.

Moreno is a former first-round pick, and in his career, he has shown flashes of being a very good player. He has 1,920 career rushing yards and 13 touchdowns to go along with 77 receptions and another six touchdowns. He is also just 25 years old. That has to be worth something to one of the run-challenged teams out there who might be willing to roll the dice.

Green Bay would be an interesting prospect. With Cedric Benson injured, they have earned just 214 yards rushing their last three games, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers has said he wants the run game to improve. It's not likely, but it would be worth an inquiry on the part of the Packers.

The trade deadline is just hours away. The phone may never ring, but if it does, Denver should listen.

Moreno is likely not going to be a Denver Bronco in 2013, so they should get something for him, even if it is merely a low draft pick. That's better than a guy who you deactivate on a weekly basis.

The Broncos won't trade Moreno, but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't.