The NFL legal tampering period opened today at 10 a.m. MST and we've been sifting through the buzz and checking with our sources to find out what's going down at Dove Valley. General managers from around the league are fielding calls, inquiring about players who could be on the trading block.
As for the Denver Broncos, they have an embarrassment of riches at the cornerback position. Teams around the league recognize that and have been checking with GM John Elway about the availability of certain players.
According to one league source, a guy whom several teams, including the Green Bay Packers, have called about is cornerback Bradley Roby. Roby was Denver's first round pick in 2014, and has since established himself among the NFL's best No. 3 corners.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1760703-denver-broncos-free-agenc... Working behind first-team All-Pros Aqib Talib and Chris Harris, Jr., Roby has developed a reputation around the league. As Denver's nickel corner, he's a starter in all but name only, and an integral component to the No Fly Zone.
The Broncos know what Roby's value is and are asking for at least a first round pick in exchange, which likely means he isn't going anywhere. The Broncos value Roby, who is entering his fourth season, and currently plan for him to be Talib's successor. They're not going to give him away, but they are curious to see what the market might be, hence Denver's starting ask of a first round pick.
Teams have the choice of trading a first-rounder (or more) for Roby — a known commodity — or waiting it out and taking a cornerback prospect in the upcoming Draft. This year's defensive back class is as deep and stacked as any in recent memory, and teams will have plenty of opportunity to draft a quality player.
But Roby is established, whereas, any rookie selected in the Draft would be a relative unknown quantity. Roby also has experience playing under two of the best in the NFL, and has battled it out in many big games, including Super Bowl 50.
After speaking with a couple different league sources, it sounds like teams are fishing on the Roby front. One source said that Denver receives calls on Roby "all the time".
Teams have also checked on Talib's availability, but at this time, the Broncos are not willing to move him. If Denver holds onto Roby, which is likely, they'll have to soon decide on his fifth-year option.
The Broncos have until May 3 to pick up Roby's option, or they could offer him an extension. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: We've also heard rumors about a surprising multitude of teams inquiring about Broncos tight end Virgil Green.
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