We've known this was coming. Linebacker Danny Trevathan is set to hit unrestricted free agency tomorrow. As the top available inside linebacker, he has a bullish market to look forward to.
In his four years with the Denver Broncos, Trevathan has led the team in tackles twice. He's Denver's best run defending inside linebacker and if he's allowed to leave, the defense will miss his instinctual football savvy.
Malik Jackson has agreed to a deal (in principle) with Jacksonville. The Broncos still have to find a way to re-sign Brock Osweiler and more than a dozen other pending free agents. This is the price you pay for drafting well.
Trevathan and Jackson were both late-round selections by John Elway in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Broncos have Darius Kilgo on deck to eventually replace Jackson and a couple of promising players — Todd Davis and Corey Nelson — to step in for Trevathan.
Fortunately, the Broncos still have Derek Wolfe and unless something unforeseen happens with his restricted free agent tender, they'll still have Brandon Marshall manning the middle of Wade Phillips' defense.
Elway has proven himself to be one of the most skillful front office executives when it comes to the Draft. He'll have to go back to the well this coming spring to restock Denver's talent larder.
It's a done deal. Danny Trevathan is a Chicago Bear.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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