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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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Broncos coach not worried about his players partying in Las Vegas

NFL games will be held in Las Vegas this season for the first time in league history, and naturally there have been some questions about Sin City becoming a distraction for players. One coach whose team faces the Raiders every year insists he is not concerned about that.

After the NFL released its full regular season schedule on Thursday, Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio was asked if he is worried about his players getting into trouble or losing their focus when they travel to Las Vegas. He said he doesn’t even envision there being enough time for anything like that to happen.

NFL players are paid to act like professionals. We know it doesn’t always work out that way, but they shouldn’t need babysitters just because they travel to a city that has lots of fun stuff to do. Then again, some coaches might be concerned by one of the rewards that was offered to the Las Vegas Knights during the Stanley Cup.

Ultimately, players will be responsible for themselves. Teams can have “bed-checks” and whatever else, but adults shouldn’t need supervision during their free time — even in Vegas.

Report: Broncos could trade up for Jerry Jeudy

The Denver Broncos could be looking to get quarterback Drew Lock a big weapon in the passing game as part of their draft haul.

The Broncos currently hold the 15th overall pick, but Woody Paige of the Colorado Springs Gazette believes that the team will move into the top ten in order to select Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy.

That would qualify as an aggressive move from John Elway. The Broncos already have Courtland Sutton, who looks like a rising star. Adding Jeudy to the equation would give them two potential high-quality wide receivers for Lock to throw to.

The Broncos have already added another weapon to their backfield. If this is true, it’s pretty clear that they’re trying to add more talent to an offense that has been a work in progress for several years now.

Chris Harris says Broncos instructed him to fire his agent before replacing him

The Denver Broncos acquired cornerback AJ Bouye in one of the first big trades of the NFL offseason after they were unable to sign Pro Bowler Chris Harris to an extension, and Harris clearly feels that he was not treated fairly by his former team.

Harris shared some factoids about his career path in an Instagram post on Monday, and he wrote in the description that he “had to take the hard way and I wouldn’t change thing.” One of Harris’ followers commented that the only thing Harris should have changed was his agent so he could have remained with the Broncos, which inspired Harris to throw the Broncos under the bus. The 30-year-old replied in a comment that the Broncos instructed him to fire his agent, which he did. Harris says the team then worked with his former agent to acquire Bouye from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bouye is represented by Fred Lyles of NZone Sports Management Agency. After he was traded to Denver, Bouye told Mike Klis of 9News that several teams were interested but he liked what he saw with Vic Fangio’s scheme, so he had Lyles work something out with the Broncos.

“Fred gave me some possibilities about certain teams and I started watching film of Denver’s scheme. I watched Vic when he was (defensive coordinator) with the Bears. So I’m excited, man.”

Harris switched agents to Chafie Fields in mid-December, so it would make sense that the change had something to do with the contract negotiations that were ongoing between Harris and Denver. It was around that time that it was reported that Harris turned down a two-year extension from the Broncos.

There was speculation last season that Harris was unhappy in Denver, but it seems like he would have preferred to stay with the Broncos. There’s obviously some bitterness there, which could be a big reason why he chose to sign with a division rival.

Melvin Gordon agrees to two-year deal with Broncos

Melvin Gordon has a new home, though his free agent journey definitely has not gone how he would have liked it to.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Gordon has agreed to a 2-year, $16 million deal with the Denver Broncos. $13.5 million of that money will be guaranteed.

Rapoport notes that Gordon turned down more money elsewhere to stay in the same division as his old team, the Los Angeles Chargers.

This is still a solid payday for Gordon, but he would have gotten more money had he signed the Chargers’ initial offer last year. Instead, he held out for more, which even he knows backfired significantly. Gordon will have to rebuild his value in Denver, but he’ll have to do it as part of a committee with Phillip Lindsay.

Joe Flacco cut by Broncos with failed physical designation

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The Denver Broncos appear to be moving forward with Drew Lock as their starting quarterback, as they have officially parted ways with Joe Flacco.

The Broncos have informed Flacco that they will waive him with a failed physical designation, according to multiple reports. The move was expected after Denver recently signed Jeff Driskel to presumably serve as the backup behind Lock in 2020.

Flacco was set to earn more than $20 million next season, so there was no way the Broncos were going to keep him on their roster. The Super Bowl XLVII champion will likely now have to look for a backup job somewhere.

Flacco, 35, was placed on injured reserve at the start of November with a neck injury. He played poorly before that, throwing for just 1,822 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games. The Broncos’ offense looked completely inept with Flacco under center, though the veteran openly ripped the team’s coaching staff after one loss.

The Broncos drafted Lock with the No. 42 overall pick last year, so they obviously believe he can be their quarterback going forward. John Elway has not had luck drafting QBs since he took over Denver’s football operations department. He’s hoping Lock will finally reverse that trend.

Graham Glasgow to sign $44 million contract with Broncos

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The Denver Broncos are getting some extra protection for Drew Lock as the free agency tampering period gets underway.

As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Broncos have agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with offensive lineman Graham Glasgow. $26 million of that will be guaranteed.

Glasgow is a versatile offensive lineman who can play both guard and center. That versatility likely helped him in free agency, as the Broncos can slot him in where they need him. He graded highly as a guard among most metrics, though he’ll probably play center for the Broncos.

Glasgow has started 58 games in four seasons for the Detroit Lions. He should provide valuable protection for Lock as Denver looks to improve its offense in 2020.

Broncos to acquire AJ Bouye in trade with Jaguars

The Denver Broncos have made the first significant trade of the NFL offseason.

As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jacksonville Jaguars will trade cornerback A.J. Bouye to the the Denver Broncos in exchange for a fourth-round pick. The trade will become official on March 18, the start of the new league year.

The Jaguars are dealing with pretty significant cap issues, and moving Bouye is likely the start of dealing with them. He has a $13 million base salary for both 2020 and 2021.

Denver takes full advantage and gets significant and much-needed secondary help. Bouye is only 28 and should contribute reliably going forward. The trade does, however, likely mean the end of Chris Harris in Denver.

In three seasons with Jacksonville, Bouye played in 43 games and intercepted eight passes. He was a key part of the secondary that helped lead the Jaguars to the 2017 AFC Championship game.