3 Best Offseason Moves From the Denver Broncos

By michael obermuller
Trading for A.J. Bouye was one of the Broncos best offseason moves in 2020.
Trading for A.J. Bouye was one of the Broncos best offseason moves in 2020. / Logan Bowles/Getty Images
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Heading toward the NFL Draft, this Denver Broncos free agency period may be highlighted more by the moves they have not made than the ones they have. No help has been brought in at wide receiver, the offensive and defensive line still have holes to fill, and the major additions in areas of need have mostly just replaced prior losses.

For example, a trade for Tennessee Titans veteran defensive end Jurrell Casey only filled the void left by Derek Wolfe signing elsewhere. Similarly, Graham Glasgow was brought in to take over for Connor McGovern at center, he went to the New York Jets. It remains to be seen whether these swaps will be seen as net positives or negatives in 2020.

In a division with the reigning Super Bowl Champs, Denver has not done enough to compete for the AFC West title so far. These three moves have put them on the right track, but there needs to be more after the draft.

3. Signing RB Melvin Gordon

The former Los Angeles Charger is now running for the division rival Broncos.
The former Los Angeles Charger is now running for the division rival Broncos. / Harry How/Getty Images

The signing of Melvin Gordon seemed like a classic case of misappropriating funds to me, especially with starting right guard Ronald Leary still unsigned, but either way it still made the Broncos better. Pairing Gordon with Phillip Lindsay is an immediate upgrade on Royce Freeman, who has the look of a bust after two years in the NFL (3.9 yards per carry). Denver did not add any playmakers to their receiving core, but they did add one to the backfield that can assist Drew Lock in 2020.

2. Franchise Tagging S Justin Simmons

Coming off a career season, safety Justin Simmons may be asked to "prove it" on a franchise tag.
Coming off a career season, safety Justin Simmons may be asked to "prove it" on a franchise tag. / Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

The Broncos' fifth-year safety has gotten better and better in his first four. Last season, he was given a top-notch 90.8 grade on Pro Football Focus. Justin Simmons totaled 80 solo tackles and 4 interceptions with solid coverage ability and range chasing down ball-carriers. It isn't a long-term deal, but a franchise tag allows the Broncos to see if Simmons can repeat his 2019 success. In a secondary that is average, this was a necessary move.

1. Trading for A.J. Bouye

Cornerback A.J. Bouye was a buy-low steal for the Broncos.
Cornerback A.J. Bouye was a buy-low steal for the Broncos. / Scott Halleran/Getty Images

With Chris Harris likely to walk in free agency, the Broncos were proactive in trading for A.J. Bouye of the Jacksonville Jaguars. To me, this was an upgrade for Denver as Bouye has much more upside than Harris. Once touted as one of the top corners in the league, Bouye is coming off a down year at age 28, and they only gave up a fourth-round pick for him. Harris did end up leaving, but with Bryce Callahan in the slot, the Broncos are better suited with the taller Bouye on the outside. General manager John Elway will bet on a bounce-back campaign for the corner, and I like his odds.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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