Broncos acquire Vernon Davis in trade

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On Sunday, tight end Vernon Davis said that a trade sending him away from the 49ers was a possibility.

It has reportedly become a reality on Monday. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Davis has been traded to the Broncos. The Broncos will send sixth-round picks in 2016 and 2017 to the 49ers, who will package a 2016 seventh-round pick to Denver.

Davis has 18 catches for 194 yards in six games this season, his second straight year of diminished production after many years as a key part of the team’s offense. The deal comes shortly after Davis was reportedly critical of quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a team meeting, which led to an exchange with left tackle Joe Staley that Davis said he didn’t recall when asked about it.

Owen Daniels has 17 catches to lead Broncos tight ends this year. Julius Thomas, who was a big part of the offense the last two years, left for Jacksonville as a free agent this offseason. The team likely hopes Davis, who is in the final year of his contract, can mimic his production in the middle of the field.

UPDATE 5:18 p.m. ET: The Broncos confirmed the deal in a tweet from General Manager John Elway. “We’ve agreed to trade for two-time Pro Bowl TE Vernon Davis from SF. He’ll be a valuable addition to our team with his experience and leadership.”

111 responses to “Broncos acquire Vernon Davis in trade

  1. And here Elway was being criticized yesterday for his lack of moves. Some members of the Bronco fan base need to remember how lucky they have been over the last 3 years.

  2. sheesh…this year is worst than I anticipated!! I hope Vernon gets a chance to resurrect his career because he’s far from done.

  3. Wow. What a steal.

    Broncos are going to be able to run some nasty 2 TE sets. Peyton loves tossing to TEs. Look for Davis to become a big time contributor again.

  4. The fire sale continues. This guy could still be really productive. My Raiders will have to contend with him for a couple of years. We will be ready! _____Raider Nation Oakland Town Bizness

  5. Dude is finished. Sad to see the first comment from a football ‘fan’ picking him up for his league. Fantasy football is for schmoes.

  6. At least he’s going to a contender. Despite his ‘drop’ in production lately I’m actually glad he left the burning tire fire that has become the 49ers. York, Baalke and Tomsula are the Three Stooges reborn.

    Best of luck Vernon.

  7. Nice pick up, the rich get richer.

    blacknole08 says:
    Nov 2, 2015 5:20 PM
    Broncos got a STEAL! The 49ers should have at least gotten a 4th for him. Baalke should be traded next.
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    Good fit for Denver but a fourth to rent a Davis for 4 games would have been a bit extreme

  8. Nice pick up, the rich get richer.

    blacknole08 says:
    Nov 2, 2015 5:20 PM
    Broncos got a STEAL! The 49ers should have at least gotten a 4th for him. Baalke should be traded next.
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    Good fit for Denver but a fourth to rent a Davis for 4 games would have been a bit extreme

  9. Thanks for 10 years in Red and Gold Vernon. Good luck in Denver.
    Fact is SF wasn’t going to re-sign him next year, getting something in return at all is a good move, and Denver is buying low, if there’s anything left in the tank it’s a great move.

  10. Seems like a pretty good trade for the Broncos. Didnt give up much for a guy who was once the best TE in the league. Seriously Vernon Davis talent cannot be exaggerated. In his prime, he was a better blocker and receiver than anyone playing right now. Its a shame he wasnt on one of the teams that featured the TE more heavily, if he had been on one of those teams, he’d have incredible numbers and be in the GOAT discussion.

  11. This is an excellent move by Denver. Davis may be playing the back 9 of his career but he will not only be an improvement over Daniels but now their 2 TE sets with both of them on the field will be an actual threat. Denver may not be done either, they still have cap space.

  12. After the offensive showing by the Packer offense yesterday, trading for Vernon Davis would have been a wise move.

    But Ted Thompson values his late round draft picks more than he wants to win.

  13. Davis’s decline started before Harbaugh left. Probably he’ll do better in Denver than Owen Daniels has been doing, but he certainly won’t be playing at the level he played 5 years ago.

  14. I don’t understand these comments. Both parties won this trade.

    Niners won because they got 2 6th rounders, they saved about 4 million in cap space. You guys realize he is a FA at the end of this year and Niners were never going to bring him back.

    Denver got a very good TE.

    Not sure why you guys think Niners didn’t get anything.

  15. good move by the Bronco’s . No doubt they are all in this year. Off season will be intresting to watch as Vernon Davis, Von Miller, Mathis, Wolfe, CJ Anderson, Brandon Marshall, Malik Jackson, Danny Trevathan, Antonio Smith, Jordan Norwood, Andre Caldwell, Ryan Harris etc…all all UFA at the end of this season..That is a lot of starters , with not a lot of cap space…..you know Von Miller is about to get paid big big big bucks.

  16. 87hollywoodhorn says:
    Nov 2, 2015 5:33 PM
    Seems like a pretty good trade for the Broncos. Didnt give up much for a guy who was once the best TE in the league. Seriously Vernon Davis talent cannot be exaggerated. In his prime, he was a better blocker and receiver than anyone playing right now. Its a shame he wasnt on one of the teams that featured the TE more heavily, if he had been on one of those teams, he’d have incredible numbers and be in the GOAT discussion.

    PLEASE!!!!…That is ridiculously getting carried away.

    Gronkowski…on his worst day….

  17. Salary cap? What salary cap? I’m John Elway and I got paid under the table so I know what I’m doing! #Broncopride. #taintedSuperBowls

  18. He’s 31 and had 240 yards last year, let’s pump the brakes on this being a “steal.” Still a good move, since they basically gave up nothing and he’s cheap, but I’d be surprised if he’s an impact player.

  19. Hate to give the Broncos any credit, but seems like a good deal. Even if he really has nothing left, so what? They gave up very little.

    And who knows? Maybe he has something left and will be rejuvenated now that he’s out of SF. Low risk for potential good return.

  20. Sad to see a longtime Niner go, for peanuts of course because Baalke is useless, but he really hasn’t beneath same since Kam Chancellor stole his soul a couple years ago.

    Good luck Vernon and don’t miss the Tomsula dumpster fire too much!

  21. This would have been a great trade 5 years ago, Davis has NOTHING LEFT in the tank. Too worried about his future, as he should be.

  22. ” In his prime, he was a better blocker and receiver than anyone playing right now. ”

    lmfao.

    Gronkowski right now makes Davis in his prime look like a high school kid. Get outta here.

  23. 87hollywoodhorn says:
    Seems like a pretty good trade for the Broncos. Didnt give up much for a guy who was once the best TE in the league. Seriously Vernon Davis talent cannot be exaggerated. In his prime, he was a better blocker and receiver than anyone playing right now.
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    I understand liking your guy and he was a stud but Witten and Gronkowski are playing now and I’d take either of them over Davis in his prime as complete package tight ends

  24. Davis may be done, but nothing ignites a player like new suroundings & a chance at a good playoff run.

    Davis is a superb athleta and can dig out 10-13 good games. This year.

    Noodle arm Manning is still better than Kaepernick at this point – especially with an injured Bush and infighting among the SF players.

  25. Great move for Denver. He’s not the player he once was, but he doesn’t necessarily have to be. Denver has some nice weapons on the outside, all he has to do is be there to move the sticks.

  26. Too bad Denver didn’t have like a 7th QB on their depth chart we could have gotten back.

    Don’t worry Niner fans, Baaaalke will draft 2 guys that he thinks were 2nd rounders but had that one injury…

  27. Excellent move by Elway! Low risk, high reward play! Davis is an upgrade over Owen Daniels, even if he’s not in vintage form. If he doesn’t pan out, his contract is up this year, and Denver is only out a 6th rd pick in ’17. All they did for the ’16 draft was trade down a round, but with the amount of compensatory picks they’re likely getting, that’s barely anything to even discuss.

    If Davis re-captures his vintage form though, Denver now gets a legit 3rd option after D.Thomas and E.Sanders and teams won’t be able to stack the box, freeing up more lanes for Anderson and Hillman in the run game.

    Super excited by this move! Way to go, Elway!

  28. 49ers got just about all you could get for him. I don’t know why people think it was a steal. Veteran players simply don’t get traded for much. Look at the history of it all. You don’t get much in trades.

    The Seahawks were fleeced for Graham. Take on that contract, give up a 1st, and their starting center Unger. Now Luke Wilson is outplaying Graham and their line sucks.

    Only 49er fans think Baalke got fleeced, if anything, non-biased people think Baalke did ok, perhaps even got better then what Vernon’s skillset the last few years indicates his worth.

    For a guy who is not the player he once was, they got what they could for Vernon Davis.

    If anything the plus is they got a pick and created some cap space for the future.

    The Broncos are trying to shore up their short to medium passing attack, and Vernon has the potential to help with that, but this isn’t a big addition for them. As it gets colder, Manning’s arm troubles worsen, so they are going to need more guys who can play underneath the top of the defense.

    This is his final chance to be relevant, and we’ll see how much he has left in the tank. I suspect, not much, but Manning despite his troubles is still an accurate NFL QB, unlike his previous QB, so he has a shot to have some decent days and help a team make a run for the SB.

  29. If I were a Packers fan, I would be pretty pissed right now. The Broncos paid a pretty low price for VD. He’ll be much better in Denver than he was the last two years in SF.

    I don’t really think Kam stole VD’s soul. Kap just can’t play QB.

  30. hahaicansezbelicheat says:
    Nov 2, 2015 5:46 PM
    He’s 31 and had 240 yards last year, let’s pump the brakes on this being a “steal.” Still a good move, since they basically gave up nothing and he’s cheap, but I’d be surprised if he’s an impact player.
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    That was 240 yards with Kaep as QB. Manning’s toenail clippings have a higher football IQ than Kaep. Manning actually knows how to do complex things that are well beyond Kaep’s skill set. You know, complicated stuff like progress through reads

  31. Great move by the Niners and the Broncos!

    As someone pointed out, Davis is in the last year of his contract, and the Niners were not going to re-sign him. So, they just got 2 picks for a guy they would have seen walk for nothing in another two months!

    And Denver gets a solid TE to plug into their Super Bowl march. Winners all around.

  32. So if I did my math right the difference between Denvers 6th round pick and the Niners 7th round pick should only be 1 or two spots this coming April.

  33. babygaga19 says:
    Nov 2, 2015 5:40 PM
    With the 32nd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. the Denver Broncos select……

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    assuming you meant 31rst pick as the Pats dont have a 1rst.

    or maybe you think the Broncos are going to implode, finish with the worst record, and therefore with the 32nd pick (the first of the 2nd round) the Broncos select……..

  34. Right. Because he’s going to learn the system in just a couple days.

    Also, are the Donkeys back to cheating the salary cap again? One big problem this time. Tom Brady wasn’t around to prevent the salary cap cheaters from winning the Super Bowl in the late 90’s. All this is going to do is motivate the us against the world Patriots even more.

  35. Good riddance. Davis quit on his team last year. I was wondering how long they were going to keep him around. It’s tough on a new coach when your veterans are poor leaders.

  36. Davis was always commended for his blocking abilities so that should help to sure up the Denver offensive line right away. He’ll help open up the passing game as well. Very good pick up.

  37. if this means the giant forehead is done after this season, i’m calling the raiders as 2016 afc west champs now

  38. Denver just stole Davis… they didn’t give up much for him. Could be the player that puts them over the top. One more ring for Manning and retires.

  39. I don’t know how much he will help, but it’s an all in season for the Broncos. Now or never.They have cake walked thru the division and had nearly an automatic pass to the playoffs for the last 4-5 years. they know that is all about to change. This division is going to be OWNED by Oakland starting next year (maybe this year if the Broncos don’t keep winning). Party is over Donkeys..better get it done this year because your AFC West dominance is about to end…

  40. The Broncos seemingly have adopted the Colts way of acquiring players. Old and washed up guys who cost too much. With all the starters they are going to have as FA next year it’s this year or bust and if they couldn’t get it done when Manning was unstoppable, well, BOOM! Enjoy the rebuilding years donkey fans.

  41. Just a FYI Vernon Davis is the highest drafted tight end since 1972, besides Kellen Winslow Jr., whose career was plagued by the Browns, Jets, and Bucs.

    Thats the kind of talent this guy had, and he still had most of it until the 2012 or 2013 season. Pancaked 250+lbs linebackers and burnt starting nickelbacks routinely. Thats special.

  42. @cjalpo , the pats are going to get beat so bad, or…, something like that.., the rest of the league will be happy..

    During this day of joy for Denver Broncos faithful, acquisitions and victory over Green Bay and such, let me take this opportunity to shed light on Denver’s 7-0 in comparison to New England’s undefeated record. The Broncos need help from the likes of Vernon Davis(no doubt a talented and productive football player), the Patriots do not. Vernon is not the ‘fix’ for Denver, New England will simply take him out of the offensive picture. That Omaha crap doesn’t fly with the New England defense.

  43. With the first pick in the 2017 draft, the Denver Broncos pick quarterback………….with Melon head calling it a career after this year who’s betting against the Donkeys to use the Colts tried and true method of tanking seasons to draft the alleged best QB?

  44. I’m sure Davis is thrilled to be heading to a playoff team.

    I’m sure Davis will be disappointed after they lose their first playoff game.

  45. and next on the block… he can run, he can throw balls (at cleats)..he can tune the world out with his beats headphone! we’ll start the bid at a round 7 pick

  46. Big deal…. There’s no way the Broncos stand a chance against the Pats anyhow. Peyton should’ve went to the NFL rather than stay in AFC and get dummied by Brady every year

  47. Lots of hate from some of the Pats supporters on here. Just a reminder Patsie fans that your SB50 coronation might be a bit tougher than originally thought.

  48. Elway is clueless. Vernon Davis has been done for a while.

    It doesn’t upgrade from Owen Daniels much.
    ALso, run an audit now to make sure they aren’t cheating the salary cap like they did in 1995, 1996 and 1997.

  49. thehighhat says:
    Nov 2, 2015 8:12 PM
    Breaking News: The 2 draft picks by the 49ers in the Vernon Davis trade have announced their retirements.
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    Dang, even I can’t top that one!

  50. Only problem with Vernon Davis is that he doesn’t like to get hit, just like Julius Thomas. Other than that, broncos just stole a great player from San Fran.

  51. Glad to see Vernon get away from the atomic bomb known as the 49’ers with Tomsuka ! This trade will ADD years to Vernon’s career with alot more statistics !!!

  52. Vernon is lucky. Went from playing with one of the worst teams in the NFL to play for one of the best teams. If he gets a ring with the Broncos, he has every right to shove it right in Yorks face.

  53. Alot of emotional prisoner of the moment DEN fans on here. We both know DEN is scared NE is coming in and they are trying to get old man Peyton all the help he can get, don’t be foolish in not admitting that. You NE haters are praying for NE to lose so bad it’s pathetic. DEN record is based on the D hands down. That being said NE is coming hard and Tommy Title has had Peyton’s number alot more then the other way around. DEN isn’t exempt from the beating Brady is giving everyone he plays. I’m going to love it if NE doesn’t trade for anyone to help their secondary and they still beat DEN. Last year was just proof NE is and has always been (since losing their veteran D) 1 good CB away from being truly unbeatable.

  54. Every catch Vernon is able to corral is luck, cannot catch with his hands, will not fight for the 50/50 balls and is not willing to put in the time any longer. He has been retired for a few years now but before he left, he wanted to make sure the 49ers fired Harbaugh, so he leaked all the info from the locker room.

    I root for most of the ex-49ers to do well in the league. I smile when Delanie Walker scores, I love seeing Aldon Smith do well in Oakland, I even root for Alex Smith but Vernon and Crabtree can rot in HeHockeySticks. Peyton Manning is too good for Vernon and he doesn’t deserve the chance at a ring…I will watch for the day Manning lights him up for not fighting for the 50/50 balls…get your popcorn now.

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