Broncos Rumors: Elway, No. 5 Pick, Ray

The Broncos are open for business. In a presser on Thursday, GM John Elway announced that he is willing to trade the No. 5 overall pick for the right price. Elway also noted that Denver is open to all possibilities, which may mean standing pat to take a quarterback, moving back for the QB they want, or even selecting a non-QB.

The Bills, armed with the Nos. 12 and 22 selections in the draft, are expected to be among those with serious interest in moving up to the No. 5 pick.

Here’s more out of Denver:

  • Elway says the team hasn’t made a decision yet on picking up Shane Ray‘s fifth-year option (Twitter link via Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic). Ray had a breakout season in 2016, recording 48 tackles and eight sacks in 664 snaps and placing 45th out of Pro Football Focus’ 110 qualified edge defenders. Unfortunately, Ray’s wrist kept him off the field until late October last year and he was shut down once again in December. As shown on PFR’s 2019 Fifth-Year Option Tracker, seven players have had their options exercised. The Broncos will have to think long and hard about whether to do the same for the former No. 23 overall pick.
  • Elway says the Broncos do not have more than four quarterbacks with first round grades (Twitter link via James Palmer of, though he added that there is not a consensus in the building on ranking them.
  • Elway says that the production of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield over ” the last three years” is proof that his height – just over 6’0″ — should not be an issue in the NFL (Twitter link via Jeff Legwold of
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12 comments on “Broncos Rumors: Elway, No. 5 Pick, Ray

  1. crosseyedlemon

    Packers will be only too happy to send the disgruntled Rodgers to Denver now that he’s whining about not being consulted on front office matters. Both teams should win on this one.

    • reevewashere

      The green bay Aaron Rodgers thing is way over hyped he is in Green Bay for the long haul.

      • crosseyedlemon

        Packers are making top to bottom changes and looking to go younger. The writing is on the wall up there. Rodgers could thrive in Denver and Green Bay can still get excellent value for him to help with their reboot.

    • ziggy13

      lol please stop. you don’t trade the best player in the game, I don’t care what the return is. Rodgers singlehandedly keeps that team in contention every year

      • crosseyedlemon

        Best player is debatable but in 5 years he will be the Wisconsin version of a broken down Tony Romo. The Packers front office isn’t going to sit on their hands and allow that to happen – especially with the Bears an other conference teams developing young QB talent.

    • Max Jackson

      Sorry, dude, ain’t gonna happen. It’s just fodder drama to keep click rates up.

  2. Aaron Rodgers will never leave the green and gold. Green Bay would riot. There is nothing behind him on the roster and at 5, they are not going to get Darnold or Allen. Like stated earlier, all overhyped.

    Being a Lions fan, would love to see him go

    • crosseyedlemon

      Packers fans loved Favre too but they kept him past his best due date and paid a price.

      • MattNY

        What price did the Packers pay in keeping Favre? Moving onto one of the greatest QBs of all time in Rodgers?

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