The Denver Broncos are off to a respectable 4-4 to start the 2021 season, but don't be shocked if they end up being sellers rather than buyers ahead of Tuesday's NFL trade deadline.
Peter King of Pro Football Talk wrote Monday that he "would expect" the team to "get calls on Kyle Fuller or Kareem Jackson."
The Broncos have already started emptying the cupboard, trading star pass-rusher Von Miller to the Rams:
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
Blockbuster: Broncos are finalizing a trade to send eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for two second-day 2022 draft picks, league sources tell ESPN.<br><br>Miller is now saying his goodbyes to his friends in the Broncos’ training facility. <a href="https://t.co/wJjlDOQkPU">pic.twitter.com/wJjlDOQkPU</a>
Fuller, 29, is currently on a one-year, $9.5 million deal and has already been benched by the Broncos earlier this season. He's fallen well down the pecking order at cornerback in Denver, playing just two snaps in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Washington Football Team.
The Broncos clearly have Patrick Surtain II, Ronald Darby, Bryce Callahan and Nate Hairston ahead of him on the depth chart:
Troy Renck @TroyRenck
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Broncos?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Broncos</a>’ snap counts. Promising starting debut by Baron Browning. Also Hairston saw time at CB following Callahan knee injury <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Denver7?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Denver7</a> <a href="https://t.co/Nn2OBypsFd">pic.twitter.com/Nn2OBypsFd</a>
Add in the fact that the team has 2020 third-rounder Michael Ojemudia also on the roster (currently on injured reserve), and Fuller's time in Denver seems all but over. The only question at this point is whether they'll get anything of value in return in a potential trade.
Jackson, 33, remains in the team's good graces and still starts at safety, but he's also in the final year of his deal and the Broncos may look to get assets back for a player they may not re-sign in the offseason.
Dealing Miller is a pretty good indication that the Broncos are willing to part with key players at the right price, even with a potential playoff berth still a possibility. With the four wins coming against teams who have gone a combined 7-22 this season, it would appear Denver is remaining realistic about where it stands as a team.