The 2022 season has not gone according to plan for the Denver Broncos. They came into it with some high expectations, as people believed they were a Super Bowl contender after landing Russell Wilson in a trade from the Seattle Seahawks. Unfortunately for them, that has not been the case.
Wilson has not performed up to the level that the Broncos had hoped he would. Part of that is on him for not missing some opportunities, but a lot of the blame also needs to fall on the coaching staff. Nathaniel Hackett was hired away from the Green Bay Packers to turn things around on that side of the ball but he has looked to be way in over his head in the position that he is in.
Currently, 2-5 and riding a four-game losing streak, Denver’s season is hanging in the balance. They are already three games out of the AFC West division race and two games out of a Wild Card spot. As we approach the midway point of the season, Denver will have some difficult decisions to make.
The NFL trade deadline is next week and things are shaping up concerning which teams are going to make a playoff push. From the sounds of it, Denver is a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8 from becoming sellers.
One player who has been involved in a lot of those trade rumors is defensive end, Bradley Chubb. There are reports that if the Broncos lose in London on Sunday, Chubb will be traded before the November 1st deadline.
This is a similar situation to the one that Denver was in last season. Despite being 4-4, they traded future Hall of Famer Von Miller to the Los Angeles Rams. Chubb is in the final season of his rookie contract and could be on his way out the door in a few months, so getting some draft compensation in return for him would make sense.
The No. 5 overall pick from the 2018 NFL Draft is having a solid bounce-back season. After recording zero sacks in seven games last season, he already has 5.5 through seven games this season. He has already surpassed his total tackles, tackles for loss and quarterback hit numbers from last season as well.