Bradley Chubb trade chatter subsides as deadline approaches

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Before the Broncos found a way, somehow, to beat the Jaguars, there was fairly intense trade chatter regarding pass rusher Bradley Chubb. Over the past day or so, the talk has subsided.

As one league source explained it to PFT earlier today, the Dolphins and Rams were linked most frequently to the Broncos last week, on the NFL grapevine. Adam Schefter of repeatedly has insisted that the Broncos have an offer for Chubb that includes a first-round pick. Obviously, the team with the pick and the year of the pick will be a major factor when it comes to assessing its value.

Another source shed some light on the manner in which the Broncos are assessing the situation. With Chubb in the option year of his rookie deal, the Broncos could always tag and trade Chubb in the offseason. Thus, to trade him now, they’d need to believe they’re getting more on November 1 than they’d get early next year.

Then there’s the simple fact that first-year coach Nathaniel Hackett may be firmly on the hot seat with new ownership. Trading away one of the best players wouldn’t help Hackett get a second year on the job.

Regardless, if Chubb is going to be traded this year, it’s going to happen by 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

10 responses to “Bradley Chubb trade chatter subsides as deadline approaches

  1. His contract is up after this year, nobody will give up more than a 3rd. And that’s even pushing it. You get the guy for a half season, you’re not giving up much for that

  2. Denver’s GM. George Patton has said over and over again that he wants more picks. I can easily imagine him trading with the Rams again. They put less emphasis on draft picks and more on seasoned talent such as Chubb.

  3. It sure looks like the Broncos are using Schefter to create a false market for a player for a “rest of the year rental” which would be about a 4th or a 5th from a team going all in to win this year. No contract should mean little trade value and no “smart” team is going to give up a 1st then have to sign the player to a max contract ($25 to $30 million a year for a pass rusher) or look stupid for wasting the pick on a rental player.

  4. No one is giving up a 1st for Chubb (unless it’s Nick) after Roquan Smith just went to the Eagles for a 2 and a 5. And based on the Eagle’s currently undefeated record those will practically be a 3 and a 6.

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