The Denver Broncos pulled off a heist on Wednesday morning, trading a 2020 seventh-round pick for star defensive tackle Jurrell Casey.
John Elway is making moves.
After adding guard Graham Glasgow in free agency, Elway made another splash on Wednesday by acquiring defensive tackle Jurrell Casey from the Tennessee Titans. Denver only had to relinquish a seventh-round choice.
The compensation was low because Casey is 30 years old and due roughly $38 million over the next three seasons, but without a cent of guaranteed money. Denver can cut bait whenever it wants, although doing so would be folly considering Casey has been a Pro Bowler each of the past five seasons.
For his career, Casey has 51.5 sacks and has only missed five games in nine seasons, all spent with the Titans.
With defensive ends Derek Wolfe and Shelby Harris as unrestricted free agents, Denver needed to replenish its line. Head coach Vic Fangio has to be beaming with edge rushers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb now joined by Casey on the interior.
The big question in Denver is whether Drew Lock can cash in on his potential. The second-year quarterback has running back Phillip Lindsay, tight end Noah Fant and receiver Courtland Sutton at his disposal, along with an improved offensive line. In his rookie year, Lock went 4-1 in five starts to end the year, only losing to the eventual Super Bowl-champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Denver also has 11 draft picks to continue building with, including five top-100 selections with three third-round choices.
If the offense can hold up its end, the Broncos have a chance to be the second-best team in the AFC West by a considerable margin and challenge for one of the AFC’s seven playoff spots.