The Denver Broncos did not give up much to acquire Jurrell Casey from the Tennessee Titans. General manager and legendary Broncos quarterback John Elway managed to nab Casey for the cost of Denver’s seventh-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
That is hardly a steep price for the Broncos, considering that Casey has been named to five straight Pro Bowls.
In fact, Elway saw fit to give himself a little pat on the back, calling the trade a “steal” for the Broncos (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk):
“We’re excited about [how it] unfolded,” Elway said, via NFL.com. “You never know. We still have to go win football games. But it was a good start for us this offseason with A.J. Bouye, trading for him at the corner position and then Jurrell Casey, trading for him at the defensive tackle position that we needed and steal a very, very good football player, a five-time Pro Bowler.”
While it might have been just that simple for Elway and the Broncos, that was hardly the case for the Titans. They had to find a way to clear salary after rewarding quarterback Ryan Tannehill with a massive contract and slapping the franchise tag on star running back Derrick Henry.
But the Broncos could probably not care less. Casey is coming off a year in which he had 5.0 sacks in 14 games, his sixth straight year with at least 5.0 sacks. He gives the Broncos an imposing presence at defensive tackle to flank Bradley Chubb and Von Miller, both of whom should benefit from the addition of Casey.
In fact, the implications of Casey joining Denver’s stacked defensive line is what really might make this trade a true steal for the Broncos.
Now, the Broncos have even more reason to believe their defense can be an elite group. It will need to be, given the limitations of the Denver offense.