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Broncos stand pat at the trade deadline, keeping Harris and Wolfe

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Well, that was much ado about nothing.

For the better part of four weeks, debate has raged around Denver about whether or not the Broncos should trade away veteran players in an effort to stockpile draft picks for what appears to be a rebuilding process that will commence in earnest this offseason. That’s what happens when a team starts the season 0-4.

Throw in last week’s trade of Emmanuel Sanders to the 49ers, followed by a loss to the Colts that dropped them to 2-6 and the news that Joe Flacco will miss time with a neck injury, and it seemed inevitable that other players would be moving. The Broncos figured to be busy heading up to the NFL trade deadline.

If they were, it was all behind the scenes. At the end of the day, Denver didn’t trade away Chris Harris Jr., Derek Wolfe, Von Miller or anyone else.

While that news be frustrating to fans, it appears to have come down to a simple business decision. At least when it comes to Harris and Wolfe.

Both players are free agents at the end of the season. If either leaves via free agency, Denver will receive a compensatory pick in the 2021 draft. So in order to be willing to move the cornerback or defensive lineman, a team would’ve had to offer equal or greater value in 2020; the Broncos would only be interested if it improved their situation.

According to Mike Klis from 9News, that type of offer never materialized.

The Eagles and Lions kicked the tires on Harris, as both teams try to build upon their current .500 records (4-4 and 3-3-1, respectively). But neither were willing to part with a day two pick to secure the cornerback for half of the season.

This is a wise move by the Broncos. As D-Mac pointed out on Twitter, however, it also shows how unwise a different decision related to Harris was earlier in the summer.

As for the other players rumored to be on the trading block, the Broncos didn’t come close to making a deal.

So other than at quarterback, it’ll be business as usual on Sunday for the Broncos. Now, the question becomes whether or not they want keep Harris and Wolfe beyond this season. And whether or not the two veterans have any interest in staying.