Bradley Chubb Trade is a Gamble for Fans

Bradley Chubb

The Broncos are looking toward the future after trading their former first-round pick and fifth-overall pick, Bradley Chubb, to the Dolphins. The Broncos give up Bradley Chubb, and a fifth-round pick in 2025 and, in return, get the 49ers’ first-round pick next year and a fourth-round pick in 2024.

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The Broncos also receive running back Chase Edmonds. This isn’t a move that the Broncos would be making if the Russel Wilson era had gotten off to a better start.

Broncos Outlook

The Broncos had high hopes when they drafted Bradley Chubb in 2018 (above Josh Allen), hoping to pair him up with Von Miller; however, due to untimely injuries to both, they weren’t on the field as much as the Broncos would’ve liked. Still, his 26 sacks in 49 games played came up big for the Broncos on numerous occasions.

The team needed to get value for Bradley Chubb, as they weren’t signaling they were likely to resign him at the end of the year, and the Broncos had no early draft picks after their trade package for Russel Wilson, which isn’t looking like the best move in hindsight.

This is a great move for a Broncos squad that seems highly unlikely to reach the postseason, as they can look to fill in the gaps in their roster in next year’s draft instead of hitting their heads against a wall for the mistake that was the Wilson trade.

Chase Edmonds will also be a welcome addition to the Broncos’ running backs room that has seemed to be in a funk since the Javonte Williams injury. Broncos Country should be happy with the trade. Though they lose a beloved player, they are getting more value than they probably should be.

Dolphins Outlook

The Dolphins are showing flashes of the LA Rams of last year, trading for players on short contracts with the sole purpose of winning now. The Dolphins have put all their faith in Tua Tagovailoa and are showing that they want to win on his rookie contract before they lose a ton of spending money to keep Tua in Miami.

Only time can really tell if this trade is good for Miami. If they make a deep run in the playoffs or are able to resign Bradley Chubb somewhat cheaply, you could probably make the argument it’s good. But the AFC East is uncharacteristically competitive this year, and I don’t think the odds are great for Miami to make a deep run.

Considering they won’t get a home game even if they do make the playoffs, as Buffalo seems to be the clear front-runner for the division.

Ultimately is Chubb better than whoever Miami could’ve selected with the pick they sent to Denver? Probably, but he is also going to be more expensive, and for a player as injury prone as he is, a large contract could be a gamble for a team that could conceivably be in “win now” mode for the next two years.

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