While these are my five favorites to retain, it should still be stated that I’m not particularly opposed to anyone not mentioned. I just don’t foresee players such as Teddy Bridgewater, and Melvin Gordon etc. to play to the level of their expected market value with the current state of the team.
Melvin has been great, but he’s coming off a solid season and projects to be one of the top backs available on the market, while also being on the wrong side of 30. He should receive a sizable contract as a team’s starting back, and I don’t think it’s wise to overpay for a back in a committee role. He is simply a luxury the team can’t afford. With Javonte Williams in the backfield, the Broncos would be better served looking for a younger cheaper option in either draft or free agency, or rolling with current backup running back Mike Boone.
Teddy reportedly wants $25 million dollars per year, and likely a multi-year deal. If this can be negotiated Bridgewater does serve as one of the more favorable “bridge” quarterbacks available if the team is unable to acquire an upgrade through trade in the offseason. With the current state of the team, George is best served letting another team take on that money. These re-signings leave Paton with only a few holes on the roster before entering free agency and the draft. With over $40 million in cap space and five top 100 picks in this year’s draft, we could see Paton’s second offseason with Denver surpass his first.