Ignoring half-measure options, Broncos adopted aggressive approach this offseason


Closing the margins in pro football isn’t about taking half-measures. It is about building and building and building … and then going for it.

The Broncos have done just that.

Confident he had the right core of players on the roster, general manager George Paton swung for the figurative fences this past offseason, trading three players and five draft picks to Seattle for quarterback Russell Wilson. Paton spent his first year acquiring draft picks and being smart with the salary cap so he had equal parts assets and money to acquire Wilson in order to stop the quarterback upheaval that has plagued the franchise.

The Broncos want to be this year’s version of six teams from the past decade:

2015: Carolina went from 7-8-1 (albeit a division champion) to 15-1 and a Super Bowl loss to the Broncos. Cam Newton was NFL MVP.

2016: Atlanta went from 8-8 to 11-5 and a Super Bowl loss to New England. Matt Ryan was MVP.

2017: Philadelphia went from 7-9 to 13-3 and a Super Bowl win over New England. Carson Wentz was the MVP favorite until he sustained a knee injury in December.

2019: San Francisco went from 4-12 to 13-3 and a Super Bowl loss to Kansas City. Jimmy Garoppolo played every game after tearing his ACL in Week 3 of ’18.

2020: Tampa Bay went from 7-9 to 11-5 and a Super Bowl win over Kansas City. Tom Brady was signed in free agency.


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