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Josh Reynolds
Josh Reynolds Joining Denver's WR corps
Wed, Mar 27, 2024, 12:32 PM
Reynolds agreed Wednesday with the Broncos on a two-year contract, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Per Garafolo, Reynolds' deal with Denver is worth a maximum of $14 million. The wideout, who turned 29 years old last month, is coming off a 2023 campaign in which he caught 40 of his 64 targets for 608 yards and five touchdowns in 17 regular-season contests for Detroit. With the Broncos, Reynolds will help fill the void created by the recent trade of Jerry Jeudy to the Browns. Reynolds will have a chance to compete with Tim Patrick (Achilles) and Marvin Mims for targets behind No. 1 wideout Courtland Sutton.
Jarrett Stidham
Jarrett Stidham Could compete for QB1 job
Mon, Mar 25, 2024, 9:41 AM
Coach Sean Payton said Monday that Stidham isn't necessarily in the "driver's seat" but will compete for Denver's starting QB job, per Kevin Patra of NFL.com.
Analysis: The broader context of the conversation involved Payton telling reporters that trading up from pick No. 12 to select a quarterback in the 2024 NFL Draft was a "realistic" option for the Broncos. He mentioned the Cardinals being in a good spot as owners of the No. 4 pick -- perhaps a nod to rumors that teams like the Broncos, Vikings and Raiders are interested in moving up for Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy. With Stidham and Ben DiNucci being the only quarterbacks currently on their roster, the Broncos are sure to bring in more competition even if it isn't in the form of an early first-round pick. Other options could include veteran free agents like Ryan Tannehill and Carson Wentz or third-tier draft prospects like Bo Nix and Michael Penix. The 27-year-old Stidham has one season remaining on a two-year, $10 million contract, following a 2023 campaign in which he started two games and completed 40 of 66 passes for 496 yards (60.6 completion rate, 7.5 YPA), with two TDs, one INT, seven sacks and eight rushing yards.
Lil'Jordan Humphrey
Lil'Jordan Humphrey Back with Denver on one-year deal
Wed, Mar 13, 2024, 12:09 PM
Humphrey is re-signing with the Broncos on a one-year contract, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Humphrey had 162 receiving yards and three touchdowns with Denver in 2023. He could have an opportunity to climb the depth chart after the Broncos traded Jerry Jeudy to Cleveland on Saturday, though Humphrey has yet to reach 250 receiving yards in a season since debuting with the Saints in 2019.
Adam Trautman
Adam Trautman Back in Denver
Tue, Mar 12, 2024, 8:32 PM
Trautman has agreed to re-sign with the Broncos on a two-year contract, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Analysis: After spending his first three seasons in New Orleans, Trautman finished his first campaign in Denver with 204 yards and three touchdowns on 22 receptions. The 27-year-old projects to again provide depth at tight end in the upcoming season as the No. 2 option behind Greg Dulcich (foot).
Marvin Mims
Marvin Mims Stock on rise after Jeudy trade
Sat, Mar 9, 2024, 11:49 AM
Mims projects to be the team's No. 2 target after Jerry Jeudy was traded to the Browns on Saturday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Analysis: Head coach Sean Payton made a point of mentioning his affinity for Mims after the Broncos selected the Oklahoma product in the second round of last year's draft despite not having any obvious need at wide receiver with Courtland Sutton and Jeudy on the roster. That hype quickly faded, as Mims amounted to more of a deep-ball specialist when the aforementioned duo was both healthy, but the soon-to-be 22-year-old will have plenty of time to succeed in the offense this season with Saturday's trade confirmed. Mims' success will obviously depend on who ultimately takes over as the Broncos' next signal caller, but it's unclear if the team will lean toward a rookie or build around one of the few established veterans expected to be on the open market come the new league year.
Chris Manhertz
Chris Manhertz Dropped by Denver
Fri, Mar 8, 2024, 4:03 PM
The Broncos released Manhertz on Friday, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: After appearing in 16 of the Broncos' games in 2023, the team has decided to part ways with Manhertz. The veteran tight end has also spent time with Carolina, Jacksonville and New Orleans throughout his eight-year NFL career. He's now set to hit the open market after playing a total of 453 snaps last season (367 offensive and 86 on special teams).
Tim Patrick
Tim Patrick Accepts pay cut
Fri, Mar 8, 2024, 11:37 AM
Patrick (Achilles) and the Broncos have an agreement to alter his contract for 2024, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The first two seasons of Patrick's three-year, $30 million contract were wiped out by severe injuries during training camp -- an ACL tear in 2022 and then a torn Achilles' tendon in 2023. He's now 30 years old and entering the final year of the extension, so he presumably would've been released if he hadn't agreed to lower his $9.5 million base salary for 2024. While never a high-volume pass catcher, Patrick had 742 yards and six TDs on 79 targets in 2020 (64.6 percent catch rate, 14.5 YPC, 9.4 YPT), followed by 734 yards and five TDs on 85 targets in 2021 (62.4 percent, 13.8 YPC, 8.6 YPT).
Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson Going to Pittsburgh after Giants visit
Fri, Mar 8, 2024, 9:15 AM
Wilson is traveling to Pittsburgh on Friday to meet with the Steelers' front office and head coach Mike Tomlin, Dianna Russini of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Wilson has permission to meet with other teams but can't technically sign a contract until the Broncos release him at the start of the league year (Wednesday). Multiple Pittsburgh beat writers have suggested the Steelers want to give 2022 first-round pick Kenny Pickett another shot as the starting quarterback, but most of what we've seen from Pickett suggests that even this post-prime version of Wilson would give the team a better chance to win in 2024. An offset in Wilson's Denver contract means he has no incentive to maximize his 2024 pay from a new team, so he'll likely choose his next destination based on some combination of likelihood to start, chances of making a playoff run and post-2024 compensation. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Wilson already had an "exploratory meeting" with the Giants earlier this week.
Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson Expected to meet with Steelers
Thu, Mar 7, 2024, 11:07 AM
The Steelers are "tentatively planning" to meet with Wilson before the start of free agency, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: The Broncos have given Wilson permission to talk with other teams even though he won't be released until March 13, the start of the 2024 league year. While previous reports out of Pittsburgh suggested the Steelers were ready to move forward with Kenny Pickett and maybe Mason Rudolph as their quarterbacks, the upcoming meeting with Wilson suggests there's at least some level of interest in bringing in a new starter. The decision may end up coming down to financials more so than confidence (or lack thereof) in Pickett. If nothing gets done in Pittsburgh, other potential suitors for Wilson could include the Raiders and Falcons.
Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson Broncos officially moving on
Mon, Mar 4, 2024, 3:29 PM
Denver announced Monday that Wilson has been informed he will be released by the team after the NFL's new league year begins March 13.
Analysis: Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Wilson's release will save the Broncos an extra $37 million in guaranteed money, while Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com notes that the team will still need to endure an NFL-record $85 million in dead cap over the next two years. Those financial ramifications highlight the extent to which Wilson's two-year stint in Denver was characterized by disappointment. The veteran ended the 2023 campaign with 297 completions on 447 pass attempts for 3,070 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 15 games, numbers which may have seemed merely mediocre were it not for his sizable salary compensation and the valuable draft picks the Broncos parted ways with for his acquisition from Seattle. When free agency officially begins, Wilson will get a chance to search for a fresh start elsewhere, while coach Sean Payton and Denver once again will have to start anew at the quarterback position.
Jalen Virgil
Jalen Virgil Ready to compete again
Thu, Feb 29, 2024, 4:07 PM
Virgil is fully recovered from surgery to repair a torn meniscus suffered in the Broncos' second preseason game last year and which forced him to miss the 2023 campaign, Chris Tomasson of The Denver Gazette reports.
Analysis: Virgil had to spend the entirety of last season on IR after a 2022 rookie campaign that saw him appear in nine games and record two catches on five targets for 75 yards, while also seeing work in the return game on special teams. According to Tomasson, the 25-year-old is eagerly awaiting spring drills in April, where he'll work to start carving out a regular role for himself in Denver.
Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson Decision coming within two weeks
Tue, Feb 27, 2024, 10:13 AM
Coach Sean Payton said Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine that a decision on Wilson's future with the Broncos will come "in the next two weeks," Chris Tomasson of The Denver Gazette reports.
Analysis: Wilson may realistically be released before the start of the new league year March 13, but Payton's comments suggest that a decision on the veteran's future in Denver won't come down to the wire of that deadline. If Wilson is released, the Broncos will eat a massive $85 million dead-money cap hit, but the size of his contract likely eliminates the possibility of a trade. Payton also referenced the Broncos' recent history of QB woes, stating "our job is to make sure this next one doesn't have a line through it," per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. While it doesn't seem like a final decision of Wilson's future has yet been made, the fact that Payton is already thinking about the "next one" under center could be read as a strong hint that the former Seahawk's release is imminent.
Tim Patrick
Tim Patrick Possible cap casualty
Tue, Feb 20, 2024, 4:03 PM
Patrick (Achilles) is a strong candidate to be released this offseason, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Patrick has twice suffered season-ending injuries in training camp since signing a three-year, $30 million contract in Nov. 2021. He's now entering the final year of the deal and has a non-guaranteed $9.5 million base salary for what will be his age-30/31 season. It is possible Patrick accepts a pay cut to stay in Denver and attempt his return from the torn Achilles' tendon he suffered in August.
Marvin Mims
Marvin Mims Finishes underwhelming rookie year
Thu, Feb 1, 2024, 7:27 AM
Mims ended the 2023 regular season with 22 receptions on 33 targets for 377 yards and one touchdown in 16 games. He added nine rushes for 30 yards and scored one kick return touchdown.
Analysis: Mims entered the 2023 campaign with expectations of being a contributor in Denver's offense, yet his rookie season was mostly underwhelming. Behind both Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy on the depth chart, the 21-year-old wideout often found himself competing for playing time with Brandon Johnson and Lil'Jordan Humphrey for the third receiver spot. When teammate Tim Patrick (Achilles) landed on injured reserve in training camp, many assumed that Mims could establish himself early on, but Denver's coaching staff was committed to easing him into the offense. The Oklahoma product flashed his speed and playmaking ability in his limited opportunities, so its possible that he could be a larger part of the Broncos' offensive plans in 2024. What remains to be seen is who will be throwing him the ball, as the team is expected to part ways with Russell Wilson in the offseason.
Jaleel McLaughlin
Jaleel McLaughlin Averages 5.4 YPC in rookie year
Wed, Jan 17, 2024, 2:50 PM
McLaughlin (head) finished his rookie season with 76 carries for 410 yards and one touchdown, as well as 31 catches on 36 targets for 160 yards and two touchdowns.
Analysis: Carving out playing time wasn't easy in a backfield that also included Javonte Williams and Samaje Perine, but the 5-foot-7 McLaughlin racked up at least six touches in 11 of his last 14 games and was on his way to reaching that benchmark again in Week 18 before a head injury knocked him out of the season finale against the Raiders. McLaughlin led the team in yards per carry with 5.4, and his strong rookie season could earn McLaughlin a larger role in 2024 after he recovers from his head injury in the offseason.
Lucas Krull
Lucas Krull Plays seven games in 2023
Sun, Jan 14, 2024, 2:31 PM
Krull finished the 2023 season with eight catches on 14 targets for 95 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: Krull appeared in just seven contests in his first season with the Broncos after spending much of the 2023 campaign on Denver's practice squad. The 25-year-old tight end started his NFL career in New Orleans, appearing in just one game with the Saints. Krull's touchdown in Week 16 of this season was the first of his career while he played a depth role with Greg Dulcich (foot) on injured reserve at the end of the season. The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder is under contract with the Broncos through the 2024 season, so he'll head into the offseason competing to play a larger role in the Denver's offense.
Adam Trautman
Adam Trautman Concludes first season in Denver
Sun, Jan 14, 2024, 2:08 PM
Trautman finished the 2023 season with 22 receptions on 35 targets for 204 yards and three touchdowns.
Analysis: Trautman operated as Denver's No. 1 tight end in 2023, likely benefitting from fellow tight end Greg Dulcich (foot) landing on injured reserve for most of the season. The veteran Trautman produced modest numbers throughout the season, though his three touchdowns were tied with wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey for the third-most scores among all Broncos pass catchers. The 26-year-old will enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, and it remains to be seen if Denver will make him an offer to stay with the team.
Lil'Jordan Humphrey
Lil'Jordan Humphrey Scores three touchdowns in 2023
Sun, Jan 14, 2024, 1:23 PM
Humphrey ended the 2023 season with 13 receptions on 19 targets for 162 yards and three touchdowns.
Analysis: In his first year with the Broncos, Humphrey played in all 17 games despite moving between Denver's practice squad and active roster throughout the season. The veteran wideout wasn't used much as an offensive weapon, but he was still able to finish the season tied with tight end Adam Trautman for the third-most scores among all Broncos pass catchers. Humphrey is set to become a free agent this offseason, so the 25-year-old could find himself in a new locale when the 2024 campaign begins. If he signs back with Denver, he'll likely find it difficult to see consistent playing time behind fellow wideouts Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and Marvin Mims.
Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson Finishes second season in Denver
Sun, Jan 14, 2024, 1:09 PM
Johnson played in 13 games during the 2023 campaign, finishing with 19 receptions on 30 targets for 284 yards and four touchdowns.
Analysis: Johnson played in a depth role in the Broncos' wide receiver corps, limiting his opportunities throughout the season. Despite this fact, the wideout's four touchdowns were good for the second-highest total among all pass catchers in Denver. Johnson is under contract through the 2024 season and will become a restricted free agent in 2025. Heading into next season, Johnson may find it difficult to find the field consistently again if fellow receivers Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and Marvin Mims remain on the roster.
Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson Future uncertain in Denver
Wed, Jan 10, 2024, 7:35 PM
Wilson is expected to be released by the Broncos before the new league year begins in March, but no final decision has been made, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: In just his second year in Denver, it appears likely that Wilson and the Broncos are headed towards a split. According to Legwold, the veteran quarterback's potential release would result in an $85 million dead money charge for the Broncos, the largest for a single player since the salary cap was instituted. Despite the sense that Wilson will be released, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports that head coach Sean Payton asserts that a decision on Wilson has not been made, but it won't be drawn out. According to Stevens, general manager George Paton went as far to say "the door is open" for the 35-year-old signal caller to return. Wilson finished the 2023 campaign completing 297 of 447 pases for 3,070 yards, 26 touchdowns and just eight interceptions in 15 games. In addition, he was use more as a rusher this season, rushing 80 times for 341 yards and three touchdowns. Overall, the season was a step in the right direction for the Broncos offense after a disappointing start to Wilson's time in Denver in 2022. His potential for future fantasy success hinges on him finding a fitting landing spot on a team in need of experienced quarterback play.

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