Broncos would regret trading star pass-rusher Bradley Chubb

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Don’t trade Bradley Chubb, Denver. It’s a nonsensical idea.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, multiple teams are interested in Chubb. Although it’s tempting, Denver should forget it because it would hurt the franchise for the short and long term.

The Broncos shouldn’t change their defense, the No.2 unit in the league. Chubb, a one-time Pro Bowler, is an integral component. Through seven games, he leads the Broncos in sacks with 5.5, tied for 11th in the league. 

Even though Denver covets draft picks, it shouldn’t trade its top pass-rusher. It’s difficult to find premium players who fill this role, and Chubb has proven to be elite. 

Also, significant injuries have limited Denver’s ability to create pressure. Promising outside linebacker Baron Browning will miss several games with a hip injury, and outside linebacker Randy Gregory is recovering from a right knee injury he suffered in Week 1.

The only player who could try to replicate Chubb’s impact is Nik Bonitto. The rookie from Oklahoma has potential, but he’s not consistent. He’s only recorded four tackles in seven games. Chubb has 24. 

The Broncos need draft picks because they traded first- and second-rounders in the two upcoming  drafts to acquire Russell Wilson.

However, they have other assets they can move. Teams are showing interest in the Broncos’ young wideouts, K.J. Hamler and Jerry Jeudy, per Schefter.

If Denver does trade Chubb before the trade deadline on Nov.1 at 4 p.m. EST, it will regret it.  

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