After missing the playoffs by an overtime field goal, the Denver Broncos are apparently looking to make some big changes this offseason, and two key players from the 2006 season may be on their way out to make room for one player that could be on the verge of being a huge superstar in the NFL.
The rumor stems from the Rocky Mountain News, which states that the Broncos might be willing to move Quarterback Jake Plummer, who was benched mid-season for Jay Cutler, and Running Back Tatum Bell in some sort of mega-deal that would get them up high enough in the draft to pick RB Adrian Peterson.
Plummer being moved seems very possible, as there are quite a few teams that would not mind having the services of Jake. Those teams include the Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Bucs, the Cleveland Browns, the Oakland Raiders, and the Detroit Lions.
As for Bell, last season he averaged 4.4 yards per carry, and ran for 1,025 yards. The negatives are he only crossed the goal line twice, and at 213 pounds, there is concern that as the season goes on he tends to wear down. The Broncos seem to have that knack for getting RB’s by the bunches, and would still have the services of Mike Bell if they could find a taker for Tatum at the right price.
Plummer, entering his 11th pro year, had a very up and down season that eventually cost him his job after 11 starts. He threw for close to 2,000 yards, but had more picks – 13, than TD’s – 11. There is still gas in the tank for Plummer, but there is no doubt where the Broncos stand right now that Cutler is the quarterback of the future, and he will be the starter when 2007 begins.
At 9-7, Denver is slated to pick 21st in the April 2007 Draft, and a lot of things would have to happen for them to be able to move up high enough to take Peterson, who will be the number one running back taken in the draft. Peterson could be one of the more bigger impact players to enter the draft in quite awhile. Taking nothing away from Vince Young or Reggie Bush, who had great rookie years, Peterson has a great belnd of size, speed and power that can change a game.
Plus add to the fact he is a bruiser, and you have a back that can be a big impact player in his first year in the NFL. As many as eight teams are looking to take a running back in the first or second round, but unless the Broncos make a splash to move up, there is for sure no chance he will hang around long enough to be taken at 21.