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Broncos GM Explains Surprising Thought Process Behind Bradley Chubb Trade

David Kaestle
Broncos GM explains why he made the Bradley Chubb trade.
Broncos GM explains why he made the Bradley Chubb trade. / Associated Press

The Denver Broncos pulled off a blockbuster trade on Tuesday when they sent star pass-rusher Bradley Chubb to the Miami Dolphins.

Bradley Chubb Trade

While many have speculated Denver only decided to trade a captain of their defense due to the team's slow 3-5 start, GM George Paton claimed that's not the case in a post-deadline interview

"We would have made this trade regardless. We just felt the value was too good, we believe in our young depth, and we believe in our defense. Moving forward, we have other holes to fill on the offensive side of the ball. We would have made this trade regardless."

Broncos GM George Paton

Chubb is still just 26 years old, but he's due for a huge contract extension, one the Broncos were clearly not comfortable giving him. However, Paton claims it's because of the team's depth at the position, not the current record or state of the team.

"The message is that we believe in this football team. We believe in the depth we have at outside linebacker and our young pass rushers. We've invested a lot in that position. We believe in the leaders on this football team, especially the defensive leaders we have in (defensive tackle) D.J. Jones, (linebacker) Josey Jewell, (safety) Justin Simmons and (safety) Kareem Jackson, just to name a few. We believe in this football team, we believe in our leadership and we believe in our depth. At the end of the day, we just felt it was the best thing for our football team moving forward."

George Paton

Whether that's just a PR way to justify the trade or he's actually telling the truth, the move better work out and Paton better have a plan to improve this team, quickly. His job might depend on it.

The Broncos are on bye in Week 9, but can look forward to a Week 10 game against the Titans in Nashville for their first game without Bradley Chubb.

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