The Denver Broncos have four starting-caliber cornerbacks in Kyle Fuller, Ronald Darby, Pat Surtain and Bryce Callahan. Second-year CB Michael Ojemudia will also return from injured reserve in three weeks.
Because the Broncos have so much depth at the position, fans and pundits have speculated that Denver could trade a cornerback, with Callahan frequently mentioned in trade rumors.
If the Broncos were to trade a CB, Callahan would make sense given that he’s set to become a 30-year-old free agent next spring. That doesn’t mean Denver should look to trade him, though.
“You just look at the division we play in — Kansas City, Vegas, and the Chargers,” general manager George Paton said on Aug. 31. “You need corners, you need safeties. It’s a pressure and cover league, and I just don’t think you can have enough.”
Last year, the Broncos were hit hard by injuries in the secondary, and the team didn’t have enough depth to overcome those injuries. It’s better to keep Callahan and have depth than trade him away for a late-round pick.
Of course, if a team offered a high draft pick, Denver might consider it. But it’s hard to imagine a team making a big offer for an aging slot corner.
Playing in a pass-happy AFC West, the Broncos should keep their top five cornerbacks. Similar to pass rushers, you can’t have too many CBs — just ask Paton.