The Denver Broncos had a massively disappointing 2020 campaign. Entering the year as one of the most-hyped teams in the league, Denver underwhelmed in just about every facet of the game. A scary defense on paper, the Broncos finished as a bottom-10 scoring defense. The Drew Lock-led offense was even worse, ending the year as a bottom-five scoring unit.
Of course, injuries played a huge role in all that. But the NFL is a no-excuse league.
The Broncos are still immensely talented, though they'll need to make some significant moves if they hope to make good on all that potential. And moves like that always come at a cost. With that in mind, here are three Broncos who might not be on the roster in 2021.
3. Jurrell Casey, DT
Jurrell Casey only suited up for three games in Denver before suffering a season-ending injury. Having made the Pro Bowl in each of the past five year prior to 2020, Casey is still a monster when healthy. But he's also 31 years old with the fourth-biggest cap hit on the team, and the organization can get out of his deal with no dead money this offseason. That's an option they'll need to explore. Moving on would free up about $12 million in space, which they'll need if the Broncos are actually hoping to land a stud like Deshaun Watson, who the organization is rumored to be pursuing.
2. A.J. Bouye, CB
Like Casey, Broncos new GM George Paton can get out of A.J. Bouye's deal with no dead money in 2021. That's likely to happen. He's not the one who gave him the deal, so he's not married to him, and Bouye's production hasn't lived up to the $11.6 million cap hit he's due in 2021. Plus, the corner was suspended for the final six games of the 2020 campaign due to PEDs, and he still needs to sit another two games to open the year in 2021. It'd be surprising to see Bouye back in Denver next season.
1. Von Miller, OLB
This one would be the most jarring (and painful) for Broncos fans. Von Miller has been with the team since they made him the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. In that time, he won Super Bowl 50 and was named MVP of the game, he's made eight Pro Bowls, is a three-time first-team All-Pro and has racked up a whopping 106.0 sacks. However, his future with the team is not a given. Miller missed the entire 2020 campaign due to injury. He's also dealing with a troubling off-field issue. Depending on what happens in that regard, it may be tough for Denver to justify the 31-year-old's $22 million cap hit. Notably, the Broncos can get out of the deal with only $4 million in dead money. With a ready-made Miller replacement already on the roster in Bradley Chubb, it wouldn't be a complete shock to see Denver part ways with the Texas A&M product in 2021.
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