3 Broncos Players Who Could Be Traded or Cut if the Salary Cap Drops in 2021

Zach Brunner
Three Broncos who could be traded or cut if the salary cap drops in 2021.
Three Broncos who could be traded or cut if the salary cap drops in 2021. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
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The NFL could be taking a bit of a hit, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to this, it is possible that the salary cap is reduced next season, which could put many teams in a difficult situation.

The Denver Broncos have a new-look, young offense looking to make some noise in the AFC West, but they are a team that could be faced with some tough decisions with contracts next offseason. These are the three Broncos players who could be cut or traded if the salary cap drops in 2021.

1. Kareem Jackson, CB

Kareem Jackson has a potential out in his contract after this season.
Kareem Jackson has a potential out in his contract after this season. / Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Kareem Jackson signed a three-year, $33 million contract last season. Jackson was pretty good in his first year in Denver, but there is a potential out in his contract after 2020. Should the Broncos cut him, it would save the team $10 million, which could be more valuable than having a then-33-year-old cornerback.

2. Royce Freeman, RB

Royce Freeman moves down to third on the depth chart.
Royce Freeman moves down to third on the depth chart. / Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

The Broncos made the big offseason move of signing Melvin Gordon, which pushes Royce Freeman to third on the depth chart. Freeman saw some success last season, used in a complementary role to Phillip Lindsay. Still on his rookie contract, Freeman is locked in through the 2021 season. So while he would not be an expensive option to keep, he could be a player another team is interested in trading for.

3. Jurrell Casey, DE

Jurrell Casey was traded to Denver this offseason.
Jurrell Casey was traded to Denver this offseason. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Jurrell Casey was a trade acquisition for the Broncos this offseason, after the talented defensive lineman spent his first nine years in Tennessee. Casey will turn 31 during the season and it's possible his performance continues to slide when he plays at Mile High. Cutting the five-time Pro Bowler is expected to save the Broncos about $12 million next season and $26 million overall.


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