Broncos Insider Urges Team to Pursue Pair of Pro Bowl CBs via Trade

Chad Jensen

The Denver Broncos currently hold five draft picks in the top-100. That's a lot of capital and it gives GM John Elway the ammunition he'd need to possibly make a move on the trade market ahead of the draft. 

That's how 9NEWS' Mike Klis is viewing the situation, anyway. In a recent 'proposed' offseason plan of attack for the Broncos, Klis advocated for the use of one of the three third-round picks the team currently has to acquire a veteran cornerback via trade. 

The potential target(s)? Detroit's Darius Slay or Jacksonville's A.J. Bouye. 

Slay, 29, has one year and $10.47 million left on his contract. Considering his contract situation, the Broncos may be able to get Slay for one of their three, third-round draft picks.

Bouye has been rumored to be a likely cap casualty in Jacksonville, but perhaps Klis has heard something about the Jaguars looking to trade him before straight-up cutting bait. If I'm Elway, though, I'm waiting that particular situation out and focusing on Slay. 

Because Slay would, well, slay in Denver. 

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At 29 years old, Slay still has plenty of football left in the tank. He's coming off his third Pro Bowl season and is entering his eighth year in the league. 

A former second-round pick of the Lions', Slay flashed potential early on in his career but really took some time to fully develop. His last three years, though, have been outstanding. He'd be a great fit in Vic Fangio's scheme and can be the type of outside corner who matches up against the opponent's No. 1 wideout and locks him down. 

Slay's 2017 campaign was phenomenal. He hauled in eight interceptions while breaking up a whopping 26 passes. It earned him dual Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors. 

But would a third-rounder in exchange for Slay represent good value for Denver? You bet it would. In all honesty, considering his age and production, I'd be stunned if Detroit let him go for anything less than a second-rounder. 

It never hurts to ask, though. If the Broncos gave up a third-round pick for Slay, that would still leave the team with four selections in the top-100. Plenty of ammo for building the nest, as it were. 

Slay's $10.47M for 2020 would be a more-than-fair price tag for a corner of his ability. And it would give the Broncos a lot more flexibility with regard to Chris Harris, Jr. negotiations and maneuverings in the draft. 

Will a Slay-to-Denver trade happen? I doubt it. But as speculation, it carries a little more weight when it comes from the top Broncos insider. Keep an eye on the Slay situation in Detroit. 

As for Bouye, whom I've neglected in this brief breakdown, he had a phenomenal two-year window of production in Houston and Jacksonville. He made the Pro Bowl in 2017, the year the Jaguars competed for a Super Bowl berth. 

But Bouye's numbers have dwindled in recent years. A coach like Fangio could probably make Bouye quite the reclamation project but Slay would be a much bigger get for the Broncos. 

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Comments (11)
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Brew77
Brew77

I’ve read somewhere that the Lions and Slay are talking about an extension and since most mock drafts have them taking the CB Okudah that would be quite a CB tandem. As far as Bouye everyone keeps saying he will be a cap casualty if that’s the case no reason to waste sending a draft pick for him. On the other hand if he is cut there is no guarantees he will sign with Denver who is still an up and comer he might want to sign with a legitimate contender. These are only two options Josh Norman was cut today that could be another option at one time he was a really good corner maybe he would like to reclaim a bit of that glory in Denver. Everyone keeps saying Byron Jones is the Broncos number one FA target the only problem is he wants too much money with all these options still on the table Denver might want to shop around before buying the most expensive corner.

B'wana Beast
B'wana Beast

I just do not see why the lions would make this trade. Mike Klis is someone I just do not trust. He does what the team tells him (it appears to me personally). I would take that deal in a heart beat. You can use Slay as a rental as well. Franchise tag him next year and trade (the other team will have to pay slay; so I would expect very little in return). If Jaylon Johnson is available in the third, I may just want to develop him.

Jefffrey55
Jefffrey55

Getting Slay for 10ish million for a third is smart and probably gives Denver much better leverage in addressing other needs. With need of two D lineman, a running back, an offensive lineman, a Corner, and an upgrade at ILB, taking care of the corner in this way is less expensive, happens early increasing perceptive strength and allows more directed efforts in order to close two free agents of better value perhaps then would be achieved without the better image gained by adding Slay. I still think Detroit trades with Miami and would be happy to trade at 5 to 15. That would cost a third and Attaochu who should be starting.

broncobuckeyenomad
broncobuckeyenomad

I highly doubt they’d take a third rounder for Slay.

Dick Hanky
Dick Hanky

Work something, maybe the 1st 3rd rounder plus a 5th, 4th if you have to. Yes, Klis is a lap dog, but he's right sometimes.

Dick Hanky
Dick Hanky

Talk to Bouye's agent and the Lions.

Kebby77
Kebby77

Jags have to adjust their cap space so either Bouye or Calais Campbell could be done there. I'd go after one or both of them


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