I got a long comment here today. But we’re on a lockdown here in Indiana now, so bring on the 3 hour pods!
This morning, I did a little experiment where I took a look at the guys that are already under contract through 2021 and are locks to make the 2021 roster. I supplemented that roster with what I think is a reasonable haul for this year’s draft. In the draft, I am suggesting that Elway take a receiver in round one, tackle in round two, and Biadasz in round 3 or late in round 2 after a trade up. Then I’m cutting Ju’Wuan James after next season, taking on $3 million in dead cap to save $11 million. So that I don’t get out of hand, I’m not factoring in 2021 draft picks, any free agent additions.
With all of that, we are looking at a core of 21 players that cost a combined $145 million. This list includes anyone that is already under contract for 2021 and is a lock to make the team, even if they are just a depth piece by then.
And remember, this is 2021. There will be great internal development between now and then in Lock, Risner, Fant, Dre’Mont, Chubb, Sutton, and maybe others too.
Okay, here’s a glimpse of the framework of the Broncos roster two years from now:
WR2: Jeudy/Lamb/Ruggs at 15 overall
LT: Austin Jackson/Ezra Cleveland/Lucas Niang at #46 overall
C: Biadasz at #77 overall
Pass Rush: Von, Chubb, Malik Reed
Defensive Tackle: Jurrell Casey, Dre’Mont Jones
Linebacker: AJ Johnson
Corner: Bouye, Callahan
Safetie: Jackson, Simmons
The holes on the roster are right tackle, inside linebacker, and the third corner slot. Elway is left with $45-70 million dollars to address those needs and fill out the rest of the roster with depth players and draft picks.
If Lock can play at a level of someone like Deshaun Watson, then this team is set up to be a contender for a deep run into the playoffs in the 2021 season. This has been an incredible rebuild by John.
Maybe, just maybe, the Bowlen family rides off into the sunset with a Super Bowl trophy, just like Elway and Peyton did.