BREAKING NEWS: Denver Broncos Will Improve Defensive Line
It’s no secret that the New York Jets have attempted to trade DL Sheldon Richardson. The Denver Broncos were connected to him last year at the trade deadline. The Broncos were again linked the Jets during the Broncos’ pursuit of Tony Romo.
Rumor has it that the Broncos inquired about Richardson in exchange for Trevor Siemian in the event that they were able to land Tony Romo. However, that never came to fruition as Romo retired and the Broncos proceeded forward with Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian. Rumors of Sheldon Richardson being shopped are once again picking up, and the Broncos are right in the thick of things.
The Broncos aren’t directly mentioned in this post by Rapoport, but it is no secret that they wouldn’t mind getting Richardson for a fair price. Domata Peko and Zach Kerr are nice depth additions, but Sheldon Richardson is a proven player in the NFL. He would be a shoe-in starter opposite Derek Wolfe at 3-4 defensive end.
From the Jets perspective, they have all sorts of incentive to move on from Richardson. He is entering the final deal of his rookie contract, and he isn’t going to be getting a contract extension from the Jets after they extended Muhammad Wilkerson last July. Richardson has had some documented issues in the Jets locker room, and the feeling on both sides is that a fresh start would be best for both parties.
Just connecting some dots here, the Broncos could absolutely try and go get Richardson. They still have the cap space available to absorb his $8 million salary after missing on Romo. Sheldon Richardson would immediately strengthen the defensive line which was a sore spot for all of 2016. If Denver could get Richardson for a late 3rd round pick, or 4th round pick, they wouldn’t need to use one of those picks on a defensive lineman.
Defensive line is a position that is one of the hardest to transition to the pro game from college. This is the reason it took Malik Jackson three years to become the player that landed a $14 million per year contract.