Sitting at 3-5, Denver general manager George Paton traded star running back Bradley Chubb on Tuesday for a package that included a first-round pick, removing a major piece from a miserly Broncos defense.
After the trade, Paton was asked if he would have made the same deal if the Broncos were 5-3 instead of 3-5.
“We would have made that trade regardless,” the general manager insisted, according to the team’s official transcript. “We just felt the value was too good, we believe in our young depth and we believe in our defense. Going forward, we have more holes to fill on the attacking side of the ball. We would have made that trade regardless.”
The Broncos recouped stellar value for a former first-round pick, but it’s easy to say in hindsight that Paton still would have sold high on the pending free agent had Denver started the season on the right foot.
Although he declined to go into specifics of contract talks with Chubb and his representatives, the trade underlined the belief that Paton had no intention of signing the peak rusher with a history of injuries to a deal. large in the long term.
Paton noted that the playing of Baron Browning, Nik Bonitto, Jonathan Cooper, Randy Gregory and Tuesday’s
with the New York Jets for Jacob Martin gives Denver plenty of options to help replace Chubb’s production.
The #Broncos are trading for #Jets pass-rusher Jacob Martin, source said, one of several players expected to fill the void left by Bradley Chubb. Denver is giving up a 4th round pick in 2024 in exchange for a 2024 5th.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 1, 2022
“The message is that we believe in this football team,” he said. “We believe in the depth we have at outside linebacker and our young passing throwers. We have invested heavily in this position. We believe in the leaders of this football team, especially the defensive leaders we have in (defensive tackle) DJ Jones, (linebacker) Josey Jewell, (safety) Justin Simmons and (safety) Kareem Jackson, just to name a few. 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 like it was the best thing for our football team to move forward.”
Despite the sale of his most prized asset, Paton believes his club can still turn the tide – even with the attack struggling in Nathaniel Hackett’s first season with Russell Wilson at centre.
“I would tell them our goals haven’t changed and we think we can still win,” Paton said when asked what his message to fans was regarding the trade. “We feel we have depth at outside linebacker, we have a top-five defense and we think the offense is moving in the right direction. We believe in our coaching staff, we believe in our players and we feel we can push in the second half.
That push will have to come quickly for the 3-5 Broncos after their Week 9 bye with games against Tennessee, Las Vegas, Carolina, Baltimore and Kansas City on the upcoming roster.
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