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Instant Reaction As Broncos Trade A Premier Young Star To Miami

The Denver Broncos have traded standout outside Bradley Chubb and a 2025 fifth-round draft pick to the Miami Dolphins for RB Chase Edmonds, a 2023 first-round pick, and a 2024 fourth-round pick.

Broncos OLB Bradley Chubb

In a season that may already be lost, the Denver Broncos have traded standout outside Bradley Chubb, and a 2025 fifth-round draft pick to the Miami Dolphins for RB Chase Edmonds, a 2023 first-round pick, and a 2024 fourth-round pick. Broncos Country was hoping they could keep the former top-five draft pick as Chubb has started off the 2022 campaign incredibly strong. Even with his production soaring, Chubb has been on the block for a while with a first-round price tag, and Miami anted up and then some.

Chubb’s Resurgence

Chubb is heading into the final year of his rookie contract, so that may have been a driving factor in the willingness of General Manager George Paton to part with the former first-round pass rusher. It is already being reported that Miami is planning to sign their newly-acquired linebacker to a substantial long-term deal. Chubb has 26 total tackles on the year to go along with five and a half sacks coming off of a horrendous 2021 where he missed nine games with ankle issues and another due to COVID-19 and was ineffective in the seven games he played. He bounced back wonderfully during the Broncos first half but now that production will be wearing Dolphins teal.

The Return For Chubb

The Broncos net a good return for their former linebacker, acquiring RB Chase Edmonds along with the two draft picks. Edmonds was stuck in a logjam in Miami and may find himself with a better opportunity in Denver. Melvin Gordon seems to be in head coach Nathaniel Hackett’s doghouse, and Edmonds is much more versatile than either Mike Boone or Latavius Murray. The Broncos are hurting for draft picks, so picking up that first-rounder will undoubtedly help with their current rebuild.

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Where Do The Broncos Go From Here?

The 2022 season has certainly not gone according to plan, as the Broncos sit at 3-5. The offense, led by quarterback Russell Wilson, has its share of problems. They are second-to-last in the NFL in points per page and third-down conversions. Wilson is completing less than 60% of his passes and has only thrown six touchdowns to four interceptions. The running attack has not been much better since star running back Javonte Williams went down in Week Four. The hope is that Chase Edmonds can provide a spark that has been missing since Williams’ injury.

The Bronco defense has been outstanding in stark contrast to the offense, and they lose a critical piece of their pass rush with today’s deadline deal. The cupboard certainly is not bare when it comes to the pass rush. Defensive end Dre’Mont Jones also has 5.5 sacks to go along with his 31 total tackles. Baron Browning had success rushing the passer before his injury in the Week Seven Jets game. Rookie linebacker Nik Bonitto has started to come up as well, with a sack and forced fumble against the Jaguars in London. The emergence of the young talent makes this pill easier to swallow, but it’s still bitter all the same.

Sending Bradley Chubb to the Miami Dolphins indicates that the Broncos are punting on this season in the hopes of being better situated for 2023 and beyond. It remains to be seen if the Broncos can be competitive for the rest of the year, but it may be time to start looking at next year’s draft. Broncos Country will not like the sound of that, especially after the immense preseason hype surrounding the off-season transactions. The reality is that the Broncos simply are not a good football team, and it is smart business to realize that fact and look forward to being competitive in the future.

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