The Broncos on Tuesday traded away Bradley Chubb to the Dolphins before the NFL trade deadline, ending the star pass-rusher’s four-and-a-half year run with the team that drafted him.
He was sent along with a 2025 fifth-round pick in exchange for a 2023 first-round pick, a 2024 fourth-round pick and running back Chase Edmonds. Chubb was an integral part of a Broncos defense that’s held opponents to just 16.5 points per game, second only to the Bills (14.0).
So what do members of national media outlets think of Denver’s move? Here’s a look at their grades:
Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton (A-): “In exchange for an oft-injured pass-rusher, the Broncos got back a first-rounder after giving away their own 2023 first-rounder to the Seattle Seahawks in the Russell Wilson deal. On top of that, the club gets a running back to join Melvin Gordon III and Latavius Murray in a platoon to replace Javonte Williams, who’s on injured reserve with a torn ACL.”
CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin (B): “From Denver’s perspective, the trade of Chubb is a curious move. The season has not gone as expected with new quarterback Russell Wilson but initiating a rebuild while carrying such a steep contract is counter-intuitive. The Broncos need all the help they can get and Chubb plays a premier position. Plus, San Francisco is likely to make the playoffs so the first-round pick they received from the Dolphins in return will almost certainly be in the 20s or worse. With that being said, Denver may have some insight into the 26-year-old not being worth what it would have had to pay on a new contract.”
ESPN’s Seth Walder (B): “Credit the Broncos for at least knowing who they are: non-contenders. And, as we’ve written about with other deals, their current value of having Chubb — his play and the cost to pay him — is less useful to the Broncos for the second half of 2022 than it is to the Dolphins. And it’s that asymmetry which is why a deal like this makes sense for both sides.
“The pick the Broncos are getting back is expected to be a late first because it is the 49ers’ selection. Still, considering the Broncos aren’t contending now, this is a worthwhile move. … As for Edmonds, he has the worst rush yards over expectation total (minus-100) of any player in the NFL this season, per NFL Next Gen Stats. He offers, at best, no value to the Broncos in this deal.”
SB Nation (A-): “For the Broncos, this felt like a deal they had to make. They weren’t going to pay Chubb, and with the play of Baron Browning and Nik Bonnito improving drastically, it made Chubb expendable. Not only that, but Randy Gregory is also coming back from injury. Too many mouths to feed on the edge, and Chubb was the odd man out.
“This does give them a first round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft though, so now the Broncos are back in the first round in case they need to pick a QB, or any player at a prime position.”
Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer (A-): “The Broncos had to be ecstatic to flip Chubb for a first-rounder so they can recoup some of what they’ve lost from whiffing on the Russell Wilson trade. Edmonds is a good fit for their running game to help Latavius Murray and Melvin Gordon and can be good insurance for Javonte Williams in 2023, too.
“Denver saw improvement from Chubb but he wasn’t worth that second big contract from their perspective and team officials wouldn’t have felt comfortable affording it, anyway.”
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