Shark Bites

RB Mike Boone signed a 2-year, $2.6 million contract with the Broncos, according to insider Mike Klis. Boone averaged a strong 5.3 yards on 71 carries with the Vikings over the past 3 seasons. He joins a currently crowded Denver backfield alongside Melvin Gordon, Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman -- although there's a chance restricted free-agent Lindsay departs. Still, Boone is off the fantasy radar for now.

Restricted free-agent WR Tim Patrick has been assigned a 2nd-round tender by the Broncos. That makes it a virtual lock that he'll be back in Denver this season. Patrick is coming off a career-best 51-742-6 line, but his 2021 role is up in the air with Courtland Sutton returning alongside 2nd-year wideouts Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler.

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.

Mike Klis of 9News reports that DUI charges against Broncos RB Melvin Gordon have been dismissed. Gordon has reportedly pleaded guilty to reckless driving for excessive speeding. There's still a chance the NFL disciplines him under the personal-conduct policy. But the dismissal of DUI charges can only help Gordon's shot of avoiding a suspension for the upcoming season. The veteran looks likely to lead the Denver backfield in 2021, though the rest of the group needs to settle out. The Broncos are tendering restricted free agent Phillip Lindsay. Royce Freeman also has 1 year left on his contract.

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 WR Courtland Sutton has resumed jogging as he works his way back from September's torn ACL. “I’m very grateful to be on-track and be feeling good with the spot I’m in," Sutton told the Denver Post. The timing of Sutton's injury means that he should be ready to go for the start of the 2021 campaign. The 25-year-old broke out for a 72-1,112-6 line in his 2019 sophomore season, finishing 19th among WRs in PPR points. QB play is still a concern in Denver, but Sutton should at least be drafted as an upside WR3 in early best balls.

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.

Broncos WR K.J. Hamler sustained a concussion in the 1st half of Sunday's game vs. the Chargers. We'll see if the rookie can get cleared for next weekend's finale vs. the Raiders.

Broncos RB Royce Freeman (hip) is active for today’s game vs. the Chargers. He’ll serve as the #2 RB with Phillip Lindsay out.

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 K Brandon McManus has been activated from the COVID list. He'll be back for Sunday's game vs. the Chargers if you need him.

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 RBs Melvin Gordon (shoulder) and Phillip Lindsay (hip) are active for today's game against the Bills. They were limited in practice all week, but we never heard any concern about their availability for this one. Both guys should be ready for their regular roles.

Broncos RBs Melvin Gordon (shoulder) and Phillip Lindsay (hip) were limited in practice this week and are listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Bills. We've heard no concern about their availability, but check back around 3 pm ET on Saturday to make sure they're active.

Broncos K Brandon McManus is not eligible to be activated from the COVID list in time for Saturday's game against the Bills, according to insider Mike Klis. So Taylor Russolino will kick for Denver in this one. Avoid the situation in fantasy lineups.

Broncos K Brandon McManus announced that he's headed to the COVID list as a close contact. If he can avoid a positive test, he'll be cleared in time for Saturday's game against the Bills. We'll keep an eye on the situation.

Broncos TE Noah Fant is questionable to return to Sunday's game vs. the Panthers with an illness. We'll update his status when we know more.

 
 
 

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