NFL teams contact Denver Broncos about trade for star Pro Bowl player

Days before the 2024 NFL Draft, trade rumors are starting to heat up across the league. That includes the Denver Broncos, who are drafted 12th in the first round but are also in dire need of an upgrade at quarterback.

The Broncos may want to move up in the first round to secure the QB prospect Sean Payton covets most, but the lack of a second-round pick makes things difficult, leaving the Broncos with a reduced amount of draft capital.

One way the Broncos could launch draft boards is to package the 12th pick plus one of their talented players, such as Pro Bowl wideout Courtland Sutton or even All-Pro cornerback Patrick Surtain II. There’s no indication the Broncos are actually shopping either player, but there have been plenty of rumors suggesting they’re listening to trade talks.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Broncos have heard from several teams looking to trade for Courtland Sutton. The 28-year-old receiver has skipped voluntary workouts while seeking a bigger contract from Denver, but Fowler reports the Broncos have no plans to trade the 6-foot-1 playmaker.

But with Sutton owed $13 million in base salary and only $2 million guaranteed, it’s not hard to see why he would want a contract adjustment considering he’s now the highest receiver on the roster.

After becoming a Pro Bowl player thanks to recording 1,112 receiving yards and six touchdowns in his second season, Sutton likely has several trade candidates, but that doesn’t mean the Broncos are eager to part with their star receiver. We’ll see if Broncos GM George Paton changes his mind on draft day if he gets the chance to move up for a QB Denver really wants.

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