Report: Denver Broncos To Exercise Fifth-Year Option On Bradley Roby

The Broncos are reportedly biting the bullet on Bradley Roby.

The Denver Broncos have been ruminating on the prospect of exercising fourth-year cornerback Bradley Roby's fifth-year option. The deadline to decide is May 3, and GM John Elway has reportedly made his decision.

Roby has been an indispensable component to Denver's No Fly Zone secondary. Playing as the No. 3 corner behind All-Pros Aqib Talib and Chris Harris, Jr., Roby hasn't had it easy. 

Opposing quarterbacks often target Roby in an effort to avoid Talib and Harris. But in his three years with the Broncos, Roby has held up well. The cost of exercising Roby's fifth-year option is estimated to be a little north of $8 million, which is why the team has seemingly dragged their feet. But with Talib getting long in the tooth, and the knowledge that when elite corners hit the age wall, they go downhill fast, the Broncos are preempting the future, keeping Roby in Denver through 2018. 

Bottom line, it keeps Roby under Broncos control for another year and buys them time to work out a long-term extension, which likely won't be seriously explored until 2018 rolls around in earnest. 

It's good news for Broncos fans that Denver's 2014 first round pick has developed well enough to earn a fifth-year option. After seeing Denver pass on the same opportunity with Sylvester Williams last year, their 2013 first-rounder is now suiting up in Tennessee. 

First round picks are meant to be 8-10 year guys. Bradley Roby, despite a bit of a down year in 2016, has proven that he is one of those guys. 

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

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