Player News - Broncos

Date: Team: Pos:

Emmanuel Sanders said his ankle is about "95 percent."

Sanders battled a sprained ankle throughout 2017, missing four games and falling short of 1,000 yards for the first time in four seasons. He's been rehabbing the injury in Houston since the end of the season and appears to be making progress. "It's going well, my ankle is recovering," said Sanders. "It got damaged on a tackle and it lingered." The 30-year-old should be ready for OTAs in a couple of months.
Feb 23 - 1:39 PM

Broncos QB Chad Kelly has been working out with former Giants QB Phil Simms in advance of his first NFL season.

Last year's Mr. Irrelevant, Kelly missed his rookie season with wrist and knee injuries. He was declared fully health following the year. A favorite of Rookie Scouting Portfolio's Matt Waldman coming out of Ole Miss, Kelly showed NFL-caliber tools in college but struggled with off-field issues and health. As Trevor Siemian is limited and Paxton Lynch continues to look like a bust, Kelly is arguable the most talented quarterback on Denver's current roster. Kelly is the nephew and godson of Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly.
Feb 21 - 8:34 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Broncos are expected to make Trevor Siemian available for trade this offseason.

Denver would be lucky to get anything more than a conditional sixth- or seventh-rounder, especially in what looks to be a loaded -- for its standards -- quarterback market via draft and free agency this year. Siemian has starting experience, sure, but he completely bombed out last season and is also recovering from left shoulder (non-throwing) surgery. Denver is going to overhaul its QB room.
Feb 21 - 9:38 AM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson says it "would not be remotely surprising" if the Dolphins showed interest in C.J. Anderson should he be released by the Broncos.

The Dolphins signed Anderson to a four-year, $18 million deal as a restricted free agent in 2016, but the contract was matched by Denver. There is now speculation the Broncos will release Anderson, freeing up nearly $5 million to use in Denver's Kirk Cousins pursuit. Anderson has a Dolphins confidante in ex-Broncos OC Adam Gase and would form a committee with Kenyan Drake in Miami.
Feb 19 - 5:35 PM

Broncos DE Derek Wolfe said his neck is "fixed."

Wolfe has dealt with nerve pain since the 2013 season and finished last year on injured reserve. The Foraminotomy procedure he underwent after landing on IR seems to have completely fixed the issue, however. "I can turn my head like an owl. It’s crazy. I can look all the way behind me. It’s insane," Wolfe told 9 News. "I feel so much better." Wolfe admits he still has work to do to get back to full strength, but it sounds like he will at worst be ready for training camp.
Source: 9 News
Feb 15 - 9:14 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports "the belief" is both Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas will remain with the Broncos.

Sanders ($10.9 million) and Thomas ($12.03 million) account for two of Denver's largest cap numbers in 2018, and the Broncos need money to beef up quarterback and the rest of the roster. However, having Sanders and Thomas in the fold will make it easier for GM John Elway to recruit a free agent QB like Kirk Cousins or make life easier on a first-round rookie draft pick. Sanders and Thomas both disappointed in 2017, but the quarterback play was truly dreadful.
Feb 14 - 12:51 PM

According to ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold, the team "seems intent" on Devontae Booker being the No. 1 running back in 2018.

Booker missed the first three weeks of last season recovering from a broken wrist. He carried the ball more than 10 times in just two games in 2017 and finished the year with a 79-299-1 rushing line, averaging 3.8 YPC after averaging 3.5 as a rookie. Booker hasn't been inspiring on tape, but the Broncos' staff apparently loves him. Legwold expects the team to get rid of C.J. Anderson this offseason, leaving Booker and 2017 sixth-rounder De'Angelo Henderson atop the depth chart. We'd expect Denver to add running back help if it came down to that.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 14 - 10:14 AM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold believes the Broncos will release or trade C.J. Anderson this offseason.

Anderson has two years left on his contract at $4.5 million salaries in 2018 and 2019, but the Broncos will suffer zero dead-money hits if they choose to release him. Anderson was one of the overall bright spots on a bad 2017 Broncos team, rushing for 1,000-plus yards for the first time in his career. But, according to Legwold, Denver wants Devontae Booker to be its starter, and Anderson was very critical of the Broncos' move to fire RBs coach Eric Studesville. Anderson just turned 27 on Sunday and wouldn't have a hard time finding a new team.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 14 - 10:08 AM

The Denver Post's Nick Kosmider expects the Broncos to place a second-round tender on restricted free agent OLB Shaq Barrett.

It is the same tender they placed on ILB Todd Davis last year and ILB Brandon Marshall the year before that. Barrett played well in 2017, but the possibility of losing a second-round pick would likely be enough to prevent competing offers. The second-round tender is expected to cost around $2.9 million.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 12 - 11:34 AM

The Broncos can save $11 million in salary cap space by releasing CB Aqib Talib.

The Broncos had originally hoped to trade Talib, but general managers quizzed on the subject during January's Senior Bowl predicted Talib would eventually be released. If Talib does hit the free agent market, the Patriots are expected to show interest while allowing free agent Malcolm Butler to walk.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 10 - 7:55 PM

The Denver Post reports Emmanuel Sanders could be shopped this offseason.

Sanders struggled to stay healthy in 2017 and was linked to an off-field issue last month. There shouldn't be much interest in him with cap hits of $10.9 million and $12.9 million over the next two seasons. It's possible the Broncos will ask 30-year-old Sanders to take a pay cut.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 10 - 6:01 PM

Broncos QB Chad Kelly (wrist, knee) is on track for offseason workouts.

Kelly spent all of 2017 on NFI but looks to be close to fully recovered. He's over a year removed from ACL surgery and expected to be cleared to throw at OTAs. After taking a late-round injury flyer on Kelly, the Broncos will get to see what they have in him this offseason.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 9 - 7:20 PM

Three NFL general managers said at the Senior Bowl that they would not trade for Broncos LCB Aqib Talib.

Per ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold, all three GMs said they believe Talib will eventually be released, making him an unrestricted free agent. The mere fact that the Broncos have made it public they want to deal Talib lowers his value. Turning 32 next month, Talib continued to play at an extremely high level in 2017, earning PFF's No. 15 overall cornerback grade among 120 qualifiers.
Jan 28 - 7:41 PM

Mike Klis of 9 News Denver confirms the Broncos are expected to place CB Aqib Talib on the trading block.

Even with the salary cap rising, the Broncos can't afford to spend $28 million on the cornerback trio of Talib, Chris Harris and Bradley Roby. Talib, who turns 32 next month, is coming off another strong season that saw him earn PFF's No. 13 coverage grade out of 121 qualifiers at cornerback. The five-time Pro Bowler is due $19 million over the final two years of his deal.
Jan 28 - 12:03 PM

Broncos signed WR Kenny Bell to a reserve/future contract.

A fifth-round pick by the Bucs in 2015, Bell was a favorite of the draft community, but he missed his rookie season with a hamstring injury and failed to make the roster as a sophomore. Bell is a good dart throw for the Broncos, but he is a long-shot to stick on the roster.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 18 - 11:32 AM


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