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2024 NFL Draft: Fixing 2023 Blunders Offseason Therapy for Broncos

NFL player news and rumors surrounding the Denver Broncos are continuing to heat up, and Broncos Country is buzzing. After a disappointing 2023 season, Denver is poised for a much needed shakeup. Free agency has been offering Sean Payton’s team a chance to snag proven talent while the NFL Draft is a potential gold mine for future stars.

But what should be up in first place of Denver’s priority list for this coming season?

2024 NFL Draft: Fixing 2023 Blunders Offseason Therapy for Broncos
Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Denver Broncos | Dustin Bradford/Getty Images/AFP

Should the Broncos prioritize a veteran quarterback? An offensive line revamp? A lockdown cornerback?  Let’s break down the key positions that the Broncos need to address, the best moves the team’s front office has done already, the hottest names still on their radar, and how these moves could reshape their chances for a 2024 comeback.

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So, With Russ No Longer Cooking, What’s Next for Broncos?

Let me start this out by congratulating Denver on their best move in quite some time, and while I’m at it, throw out a recommendation. Whoever decided it was time to get rid of quarterback Russell Wilson, finally freeing the Broncos from having to deal with his gigantic salary and clearly underwhelming tenure as the team’s new franchise passer, should definitely get a raise and his picture hung everywhere as employee of the month.

Hell, I’ll even cash app him a cool $20 to bet on NFL action for his vision.

Yes, the dead-money hit the Broncos will have to deal due to Wilson’s departure to the Pittsburgh Steelers is going to hurt and sting. But I would much rather take that than having to continue dealing with such a sham.

Besides that pivotal move, the Broncos have been making some noise here and there with a flurry of moves that have reshaped their roster. Let’s dive into the details and see what’s been happening in the Mile High City.

First up, the Broncos have been busy in the free agent market, signing some key players to bolster their lineup. They’ve added offensive tackle Matt Peart on a one-year deal, safety Brandon Jones on a three-year, $20 million contract and defensive lineman Malcolm Roach on a two-year deal worth up to $8 million. These signings should provide some much-needed depth and talent to the Broncos’ roster.

They also signed wide receiver Josh Reynolds to a two-year deal worth $14 million, helping to fill the void left by the trade of Jerry Jeudy to Cleveland.

The Broncos didn’t stop there. They also re-signed some of their own players, including kicker Wil Lutz on a two-year deal and tight end Adam Trautman on a two-year contract. These moves show that the Broncos are committed to keeping their core players in Denver.

Of course, not every move was about bringing in new talent. The Broncos also had to make some tough decisions about their current roster. They restructured the contracts of wide receiver Tim Patrick and offensive linemen Mike McGlinchey and Ben Powers, freeing up some much-needed cap space.

Unfortunately, the Broncos also had to say goodbye to some key players. Besides seeing Wilson take his leftover talents to Pittsburgh, safety Justin Simmons was released, saving the team $14.5 million in cap space. Also, as echoed by NFL trade rumors sites, Jeudy was traded to the Cleveland Brown for a couple of late-round draft picks, freeing up $13 million in cap space. Also gone are center Lloyd Cushenberry III and linebacker Josey Jewell, who signed with the Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers, respectively.

Overall, the Broncos have been making some bold moves this offseason, with a clear focus on improving their roster while managing their salary cap. Only time will tell if these moves will pay off on the field, but one thing’s for sure: The Broncos are not afraid to shake things up in pursuit of success.

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Who are the Broncos’ Most Desired Draft Prospects for 2024?

Now that free agency has been covered, it’s time to talk about the Broncos and their game plan for the 2024 NFL Draft. It’s more than apparent that Denver has some big decisions to make.

First things first, let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the quarterback position. With Wilson out of the picture, the Broncos are on the hunt for their next signal-caller. Coach Payton has a keen eye for talent, and he’s not going to settle for just anyone. Keep an eye out for names like Bo Nix, J.J. McCarthy and Michael Penix Jr. as potential first-round draft pick targets.

But the Broncos aren’t just focused on offense. They’ve also got some holes to fill on the defensive side of the ball. They need a reliable cornerback to pair with Pat Surtain, and they’re looking for a pass rusher who can strike fear into the hearts of opposing quarterbacks. Names like cornerbacks Quinyon Mitchell and Terrion Arnold as well as defensive linemen Jer’Zhan Newton, and Byron Murphy II have been floating around as possible picks.

Of course, the Broncos aren’t just going to sit back and let the draft come to them. They’re going to be aggressive and make moves to get the players they want. With eight picks in the draft, including the 12th overall, they’ve got plenty of ammunition to work with. Don’t be surprised if they make some trades to move up or down the board.

At the end of the day, the Broncos are looking to build a team that can compete for years to come and give NFL betting lines fans a reason to pay attention to what’s going on at Mile High. General Manager George Paton and Payton have a vision, and they’re not afraid to make bold moves to make it a reality.

 

Questions of the Day

What is the dead cap hit for the Broncos from Russell Wilson’s Departure?


After leaving the Broncos for Pittsburgh, Wilson’s dead cap hit will count for $53 million against the team’s salary cap in 2024 and $32 million in 2025, making it a total of $85 million in the next couple of years.

How Many Draft Picks Do The Broncos Have For The 2024 Draft?


The Broncos have a total of eight picks for the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

 

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