Broncos Mailbag: Are there any surprise roster moves in store this summer for Sean Payton’s team?

Denver Post Broncos writer Parker Gabriel posts his Broncos Mailbag weekly during the season and periodically during the offseason. Click here to submit a question.

In your estimation, which Broncos, if any, are the most vulnerable to being cut or traded from now until training camp?

– Ed Helinski, Auburn, New York 

Hey Ed, good question. The starting point is you’re looking for players who have little to no guaranteed money on their contracts. Those are the easiest to move on from via cut or trade. Obviously, there’s likely to be more talk about Courtland Sutton and Garett Bolles over the coming weeks and months, though at the moment a trade of either seems unlikely.

Sutton’s not participating in the voluntary portion of offseason workouts and wants more guaranteed money on his contract — only $2 million of the two years and $26.5 million remaining on his deal is guaranteed — but it’s hard to see why the Broncos will be motivated to give it to him. Bolles is entering the final year of his contract and will turn 32 in a couple of weeks, though general manager George Paton said in March that Bolles, “still moves like he’s 25.”

Things change fast in the NFL, but as we sit here today, they look like a pair of veteran players at key positions who can help the Broncos this year and might help ease the transition to the NFL for a rookie quarterback like Bo Nix. At the same time, though, Denver’s actions so far suggest they’re not inclined to race to commit to either long-term.

The fact that they didn’t cut or trade either earlier in the offseason when they cut Justin Simmons and traded Jerry Jeudy makes it seem as though they’ll be here for 2024. You just never know when a good deal might come around.

Other than that, what you’re looking at is a bunch of veteran-ish types with low salaries who will have to beat out younger players. Just a sampling of those who don’t have any guaranteed money and might have to fight to make the roster: RBs Javonte Williams and Samaje Perine, P Riley Dixon, CB Tremon Smith and WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey.

Now, will much of that happen before training camp starts? It depends some on if Denver makes any further free agency moves or likes a player who gets cut elsewhere around the league. Mostly, this is probably more training camp competition. But there’s always at least a little summer movement.

Hello from Finland!

So I was wondering, could there be a special connection between Bo Nix and Greg Dulcich with “Hoss Juke” — play? It’s said to be Nix’s favorite play and some dudes named Brady and Gronk made it special. Parker, are you excited to see how that play will turn out? Or would you rather see some other TE connecting with Nix? Are there some other plays you can’t wait to see? A Flea Flicker maybe?

– Jude, Lahti, Finland

Jude! Appreciate you writing in, as …read more

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