For Bradley Chubb, it could be lose today and get traded or win and get a new contract

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The future of Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett possibly hinges on the outcome of this morning’s game in London. The future of Broncos pass rusher Bradley Chubb possibly does, too.

We’ve been hearing that a loss to the Jaguars makes a Chubb trade by Tuesday’s deadline more likely. A win, however, could have the directly opposite impact. Per Adam Schefter of, a victory likely means not only that Chubb will remain in Denver but that he’ll get a lucrative contract extension.

Schefter reports that an unnamed team already has offered the Broncos a first-round pick and other compensation for Chubb.

The notion that Chubb’s career in Denver hinges on something as superficially meaningless as 60 minutes of football played on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean between a pair of 2-5 teams underscores the manner in which all teams view their players. They’re short-term, interchangeable parts in a broader machine that endures over the decades. Constantly adding new pieces, shedding old ones, always moving forward.

It seems like a strange way to do business. If Chubb is a foundational piece of the Denver roster, who cares if they’re 2-6 through eight games? Again, teams that find a winning lottery ticket in round one shouldn’t trade him in for an unscratched lottery ticket. They should keep him around for his second contract.

Alternatively, if the Broncos are sufficiently ambivalent about Chubb that they’d trade him if they lose today, why keep him if they win?

Bottom line? Today’s game shouldn’t matter. Chubb is either part of the long-term plan or he isn’t. Whether the team has any short-term prospects for getting to the postseason shouldn’t matter.

9 responses to “For Bradley Chubb, it could be lose today and get traded or win and get a new contract

  1. New ownership can’t be this clueless. They need to keep Chubb past the deadline and let the new GM and coach decide the future. They can always trade him later or keep him.

  2. He gets a new contract either way.

    I’d guess he wants the heck out of the Broncos train wreck.

  3. I’d love Detroit to make a bold move. Adding Chubb would significantly help our young secondary with many practice squad type players

  4. Chubb has missed 1/3 of his games due to injury and only reached double digit sacks in his first year in the NFL. I think he is as much of “an unscratched lottery ticket” as the draft pick would be.

  5. Since when does a HC build a team? That’s the GM, and Paton isn’t going anywhere. If they win, they can still make something of the season. If they go to 2-6, the remainder is looking pretty grim, and it’s time to pack it up, get rid of the HC, and salvage what they can.

    This isn’t rocket science. Pretty simple, and makes sense.

  6. If Russell Wilson has declined and is a mediocre quarterback that it’s not going to make a difference one way or the other.

    As bad as their head coaches the GM made a huge mistake giving Russell Wilson that extension before seeing how he would perform with the team

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