The Denver Broncos will not be trading away either of their top two offensive weapons, according to the head coach himself.
Denver’s two best receivers, Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton, have been mentioned aplenty in trade rumors lately. But while speaking to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero on Sunday, head coach Sean Payton made it clear that the Broncos aren’t looking to trade either star:
“I see and read just like everyone else does. Then occasionally, when someone really crowds the plate, I throw a fastball right at their chin, and they back up, and they’re like, ‘Alright.’ And so I haven’t thrown any fastballs lately, but we’re not trading those two players.
“When people call and the phone rings like it does this time of year, (general manager) George Paton’s job is to pick it up and say, ‘Hey. Tell you what, we’re not.’ And so, we’ve received calls, you bet. Those are two good football players. But we’re in the business of gathering talent right now. Why do people call? Because they know we’re void of draft picks and that we might, because there was some discussions a year ago, I think, regarding Courtland. But we like the current group that we’re working with.”
The Broncos are coming off arguably the most disappointing season in franchise history. The acquisition of longtime Seattle Seahawks’ star quarterback Russell Wilson was supposed to make Denver a contender, but they instead finished last in the AFC West with a 5-12 record.
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Wilson, a nine-time Pro Bowler, had his worst season as a professional. He completed just 60.5 percent of pass attempts for 3,524 yards and 16 touchdowns against 11 interceptions. The 34-year-old was also sacked 55 times in 15 games.
But it’s hard to envision the Broncos getting better on offense without Jeudy and/or Sutton. The former is coming off a career year in which he hauled in 67 receptions for 972 yards and six touchdowns, while Sutton caught 64 passes for 829 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Broncos haven’t made the playoffs since the 2015 campaign, when they went on to win Super Bowl 50 in Peyton Manning’s final year.
With two weeks to go in a disastrous regular season, the Broncos fired head coach Nathaniel Hackett. One year after stepping down as head coach of the New Orleans Saints, Payton was traded to the Broncos.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.