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With Injuries To The D-Line, Could The Broncos Be Shopping Depth Players?

With a run of injuries to their D-line, the Broncos are losing bodies at one of their key positions. With how deep they are at other spots, could the Broncos be shopping guys in an effort to acquire a defensive end? We've heard some things.

Since he took over as the Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager of the Denver BroncosJohn Elway has developed a league-wide reputation for his silver tongue and tough negotiating tactics. 

He is the NFL's top front office closer. 

With a deficiency at defensive end, Elway's free agent options are rather limited. He could always look at bringing back a familiar face like Antonio Smith or Kenny Anunike. Or he could investigate a veteran street free agent like Henry Melton

Heck, Elway could even try to coax a guy out of retirement like Cory Redding or Mike Devito

Or, Elway could make a few calls around the league and see who's available on the trade block. The Broncos have plenty of personnel capital with which to wheel-and-deal. It sounds like the Broncos are doing just that. According to a source close to the team, Mile High Huddle has learned that Denver is exploring trade options around the league, targeting an impact defensive lineman. 

Guys like cornerbacks Kayvon Webster and Lorenzo Doss, and rush linebackers like Shaquil Barrett and even Shane Ray—last year's first round pick—could be in the conversation as trade capital. 

Elway dangled Barrett during the talks last year with the Cleveland Browns for left tackle Joe Thomas. With how deep the Broncos are at rush linebacker, they could get away with moving Barrett, or Ray. 

The same goes for Webster or Doss. Aqib Talib's future with the Broncos might be in doubt beyond 2016, but Chris Harris, Jr. is locked up long term and Denver still controls Bradley Roby's fate for three more seasons, if they wish. Webster is in a contract year and Doss has yet to see any meaningful snaps in an NFL game. 

But both Webster and Doss have the sizzle of being associated with the No Fly Zone. There could be some value there. 

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More likely, however, GM's around the league will be interested in Denver's rush linebackers, if what we're hearing is true. Elway had the chance to move Barrett last year but ultimately chose to pass. 

It could be he's simply exploring options and kicking the tires, looking for a deal around the league. With Vance Walker lost for the season, and Derek Wolfe leaving Wednesday's practice with a leg injury, there's no question Elway has to do something

And it might involve parting with some of that "elite depth" he's cultivated. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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