The Broncos are exercising the $7 million guarantee option on the 2021 salary for OLB Von Miller, according to Mike Klis of 9News. That keeps Miller around for the coming season. It's noteworthy because Miller's $18 million salary for 2021 led to talk of Denver potentially cutting him. The 2 sides reportedly negotiated in an attempt to lower his cap number, but no revision was made. Miller lost all of last season with an ankle injury. The Broncos keeping him around at the big salary for what will be his age-32 season indicates they expect Miller to be back to familiar form.
The Broncos are signing CB Ronald Darby to a 3-year, $30 million deal with $19.5 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Darby enjoyed a 2020 rebound in Washington after 3 injury-marred seasons in Philadelphia. Darby missed 20 of a possible 48 regular-season games over that span. Last year, he ranked 5th in the league in passes defensed, and Pro Football Focus graded him top-15 among CBs. Darby figures to land in draftable range in our 2021 IDP rankings as well.
The Broncos have applied the franchise tag to S Justin Simmons. The 27-year-old has spent all 5 of his seasons in Denver, since arriving as a 3rd-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He has spent the past 4 as a full-time starter, topping 90 tackles each of the past 3 years and collecting 12 INTs over that span. Simmons has finished each of the past 2 seasons among the top 12 fantasy DBs. Expect him to land around there in our 2021 IDP rankings.
Broncos OLB Bradley Chubb (ankle) is inactive for today's game against the Raiders. That should mean another start for Jeremiah Attaochu in his place.
Broncos OLB Bradley Chubb (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. He put in limited practices Thursday and Friday after missing Wednesday's workout and last week's game. We'll see about Chubb's status Sunday afternoon.
The Broncos have downgraded OLB Bradley Chubb (ankle) to out for today's game against the Chargers. That leaves Jeremiah Attaochu starting in his place -- a downgrade for an already exploitable Denver defense.
Broncos OLB Bradley Chubb (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers. He put in only a limited Friday practice after missing workouts the previous 2 days and makes for a risky IDP option even if active. We'll check Chubb's status Sunday.
Broncos OLB Bradley Chubb sustained an ankle injury in Saturday's loss to the Bills. We haven't seen any details on the issue since, which might mean it's minor. We'll see about his status as the practice week gets going ahead of Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Broncos CB Bryce Callahan (foot) is active for today's game against the Saints.
Broncos CB Bryce Callahan (illness) is active for today's game against the Dolphins. Use him as you normally would in IDP lineups.
Broncos CB Bryce Callahan (ankle) is inactive for today's game against the Falcons. That leaves Denver without its top 2 corners, with A.J. Bouye previously ruled out. Julio Jones looks set up to run wild in Week 9, while Christian Blake and Russell Gage also face favorable situations. On the IDP side, Broncos rookie CB Michael Ojemudia carries big tackle upside.
The Broncos have ruled CB A.J. Bouye (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Falcons. CB Bryce Callahan (ankle) is questionable. If Callahan can't go, Denver would be missing its top 2 corners. That could only help Falcons QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones.
Broncos DE Jurrell Casey suffered a torn biceps in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers. That likely ends his season. DeMarcus Walker looks like the next man up on the depth chart for a Denver defense that no longer looks like a tough matchup in any area.
The Broncos on Friday released ILB Todd Davis. It's a surprising move, especially because he's reportedly recovered from the calf injury that cost Davis most of training camp. The move leaves Alexander (A.J.) Johnson as a clear starter and Josey Jewell as the presumed other starter. Johnson has been a strong value in our IDP rankings all offseason. Jewell can be a late option in deep leagues, but he played his way out of a starting job last year.
Broncos LB Todd Davis left Thursday's practice with a left calf injury. Davis hurt it bad enough to need help off the field, but HC Vic Fangio had no further info on the injury after the workout. Davis missed nearly all of last year's training camp with a partial calf tear but made it back for Week 3 and then played the rest of the games. We'll see about the severity of this injury.
Update: NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Davis is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. That still gives him a shot at being ready for the regular-season opener.
The Broncos have placed the franchise tag on S Justin Simmons. Barring a trade, he'll remain in the role that has made Simmons a nice IDP contributor the past 2 years.
Broncos OLB Von Miller (knee) is active for today's game against the Texans. It's an upside sack matchup for the pass rusher, though there's also still risk to Miller's injury situation. Fellow OLB Malik Reed (ankle) is inactive for the game.
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