In consecutive years, Denver Broncos general manager George Paton has traded his team leader for sacks at the NFL deadline. Last year it was Super Bowl 50 legend Von Miller and last Tuesday Bradley Chubb was traded to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a first round pick and more.
Miller, though he had to deal with some early emotions, continued to wreak havoc for the Los Angeles Rams and helped lead the team to a Super Bowl victory. Now calling Buffalo home after signing a huge free agent deal, Miller broke his silence on the Chubb trade, giving insight into the Denver Postit’s Ryan O’Halloran.
“He looked a lot better than me because when I got traded last year I was crying and I could barely speak,” Miller said via O’Halloran. “He was in good spirits. I spent 11 and a half years (in Denver) and he spent 4 and a half years there. It refreshes you when you come out of a tough situation like that and go to a winning team that needs you to win right now. It recharges you and I’m sure Chubb feels the same way.
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Indeed, it was a sobering reality to see the Broncos as sellouts at the NFL’s trade deadline yet again. Truly competitive NFL clubs don’t sell. If there’s a plausible expectation for the playoffs, teams buy in — just like the Dolphins did with Chubb.
Time will tell if Miami’s rushed new acquisition continues to have the impact Miller had after his trade, but the Broncos have once again fallen well short of the expectations the club set for 2022, in especially after acquiring Russell Wilson by trade this past. out of season.
Chubb, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, has never played for a winning team. How sad?
Maybe Miller is right, and Chubb will continue to feel “recharged” on a team that has proven they need him, not just through the trade itself, but in the form of the mega-extension of $119 million over five years that Miami gave NC State Proceeds after acquiring it.
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The Broncos have their own fish to fry in the meantime. At 3-5, the Broncos are in the middle of their bye and will control their own destiny going forward. It will be nearly impossible for Denver to get out of that five-game losing streak, especially if you take a look at the schedule from Week 10.
No, it’s likely the light at the end of the Broncos’ tunnel won’t begin to shine until 2023, which is why it was the essence of football wisdom for Paton to eliminate Chubb now. The Broncos now have a 2023 first-round pick.
Although Chubb no longer wears the Orange and Blue, it’s important for disappointed fans to remember that his impact in Denver has been so haphazard due to his inability to stay healthy and on the field. He provided the team that drafted him with a full season of health (his rookie year) due to bad luck with the injury bug.
Let’s hope Chubb continues to avoid health issues and achieves great things in Miami.
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