This year’s wide receiver trade market included Jerry Jeudy, but the Broncos backed away from trading him. They instead unloaded Bradley Chubb for first- and fourth-round picks, along with Chase Edmonds. But teams showed interest in Jeudy, a former first-rounder.
Denver is believed to have wanted a second-rounder for Jeudy, Dan Duggan of The Athletic notes (subscription required). Broncos GM George Paton said several calls came in for Jeudy and the team’s other wide receivers, but the team — which has each of its top three wideouts under contract beyond 2022 — stood down. The Chubb market picked up considerably ahead of the deadline, but the Broncos had been leaning toward keeping Jeudy for a few days before NFL trading ceased.
“We received a number of calls on our receivers, some other positions,” Paton said. “We wanted to keep our young, talented receivers. We started to get some rhythm in the last game vs. Jacksonville. We just feel good with where we’re going. We’re trending in the right direction with Jerry and [KJ] Hamler and Courtland [Sutton]. We didn’t want to break that up. I think we have a good thing going. We’re in it to win it moving forward, and so we kept all of our receivers.”
Rumored to be interested, the Giants indeed called the Broncos on Jeudy, Ralph Vacchiano of Fox Sports adds. Addressing his team’s need at receiver, Giants GM Joe Schoen said “the price point just didn’t work out,” citing a desire to protect future draft picks. The Giants were interested in Jeudy and Brandin Cooks, though the latter’s big 2023 salary ($18MM) interrupted every team’s talks with the Texans, but were viewed as unlikely to part with more than a Day 3 pick for a wideout. Chase Claypool ended up being the only receiver — at least, among those eligible to play in 2022 — moved at the deadline, going from Pittsburgh to Chicago for a Round 2 choice.
The Broncos’ previous regime drafted Jeudy 15th overall. The Alabama alum (30 catches, 449 yards, three touchdowns in 2022) is on pace for a career-high receiving total, but he has also enjoyed an inconsistent career and has struggled with drops. Jeudy, 23, has four this season; Sutton has five. Coupled with Russell Wilson‘s struggles assimilating in Nathaniel Hackett‘s offense, the Broncos have run into rampant issues on that side of the ball.
Still, Denver moving forward with Jeudy makes sense. He is tied to his rookie contract through 2023, with a to-be-determined fifth-year option allowing the deal to be extended through 2024. While the Broncos have not lived up to offseason expectations, a true fire sale did not make much sense — especially at receiver. The team could finetune this group next year, but as of now, Wilson’s top four wideouts — Sutton, Jeudy, Hamler and Tim Patrick — are all under contract in 2023.
The Giants have a far less certain receiving corps — both this year and next. They traded Kadarius Toney to the Chiefs and have lost Sterling Shepard for the season. Kenny Golladay has missed much of this year with an MCL sprain, while Darius Slayton only recently re-emerged from Brian Daboll‘s doghouse. Shepard and Slayton are on expiring contracts, with Golladay a certain 2023 cap casualty. With Wan’Dale Robinson about the lone guaranteed receiving cog to be part of next year’s Giants, this will be a major offseason need.
14 comments on “Giants, Others Called Broncos On Jerry Jeudy; Team Wanted Round 2 Pick?”
So a WR, just a few years removed from the top 15 could have gone for a round 2 pick and the bears went Claypool?
And the Packers were supposedly also willing to give up a 2nd for Claypool but not Jeudy?
Doesn’t quite pass the sniff test does it?
It’s the Bears, how’s this shocking lol
The Packers part is the far more surprising part. I have to imagine that either DEN wanted more than a 2nd or that the Packers never offered a 2nd for Claypool.
I mean, doesn’t Jeudy even play in the same offensive system as GB under Hackett?
from what i have read, the Packers and Bears both offered 2nd round picks, but the Steelers went with the bears offer thinking it would be a higher pick.
Reportedly the Packers offered a 2nd, yes.
The same Packers have an extensive recent history on reportedly being sooooooo close to landing players and coming up short. Makes some people wonder the legitimacy of the “reports”.
Fields needs big targets to throw too…
This is just polite talk, the Broncos weren’t trading Jeudy.
They need all the help offensively that they can get. Trading him to risk drafting another receiver a year later of equal or greater value is treading water upstream.
Especially in Paton’s current light, makes little to no sense.
I’m glad for the Broncos’ sake that they didn’t trade Jeudy, especially for a second round pick. They need to get their team organized, not pick up another player. A second round pick would also be a poor return for a young former first rounder who is an integral part of the offense, no matter what his struggles have been. Jeudy isn’t a player who is so bad that he needs to be unloaded, and is still on his rookie deal, so he isn’t expensive. His and the other wide receivers’ inconsistencies are problems that need coaching and scheming to step up, and a solid environment and winning culture to fix. Otherwise, whatever replacement Denver takes for these young receivers will end up with the same issues.
That said, I think Denver was willing to make this move. As I said, I think that they were correct not to make it. The pressure from the lack of success was such that they considered it, despite it likely being a sideways move. As I’ve also said, the problem in Denver right now is the coaching and the lack of winning culture. Wilson needs to become the leader of that culture, and the offense needs to gain discipline to give him the on field production to back it up. The younger players can only improve if the environment first gives them the atmosphere to do so, because they do not have the experience of success to fall back on.
I agree all the way. They need to cement their offense so trading Jeudy to draft another “Jeudy” a year later makes no sense. Denver’s in a uniquely bad situation and the only way out is through.
Russell Wilson needs to see the field and throw better. Denver bought into it with all ships, so that’s the only real solution without sabotaging the team into further peril.
Paton needs to go as GM. One mistake after another.
You are so wrong it’s funny Lmfao
I would of liked the Bears to give up their other 2 for Jeudy. Bring them both on board.