The Denver Broncos lost tackles Donald Stephenson and Menelik Watson to injury, and they may be eyeing a trade to bolster the banged-up offensive line.
“Strong rumor circulating that the Broncos are sniffing the Bills out for an offensive tackle…” wrote Benjamin Allbright on Friday.
It’s very important to note that he doesn’t say anything has actually happened yet, and nothing may come of it – especially if the price is too steep.
That said, the Broncos’ injury issues are very real, and they’re just piling up.
“Broncos suffer 3 injuries in Thursday practice: RT Donald Stephenson torn calf; LB Corey Nelson elbow, IR; WR River Cracraft torn hammy,” wrote Mike Klis of 9News.
“Broncos intend to promote OT Elijah Wilkinson from practice squad to 53-man roster, per Mike Klis,” added Zac Stevens of BSN. “Watson, Stephenson and [guard Billy] Turner OUT Sunday.”
As such, a trade with the Bills would make some sense. The Broncos have a tough road stretch ahead of them. The Kansas City Chiefs have fallen off at the top of the AFC West – they lost on Thursday night to the Oakland Raiders – and the Broncos can’t afford to suffer multiple losses on the road and fall right out of the picture. This is their chance to pounce and rebound after that ugly loss to the New York Giants. If it takes a trade to make that happen, then that’s what it takes.
Of course, there’s no telling what the Bills will want in return. Knowing the Broncos are desperate, they may try to milk this for all it’s worth, and Denver could be forced to just hope Wilkinson can step up.
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