This is the time of year when a lot of trade rumors are swirling, and one particular former Alabama wide receiver’s name has come up since the 2022 season concluded. On Sunday at the Annual NFL League Meeting, the Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton put to rest any notion Jerry Jeudy would be moved.
#Broncos coach Sean Payton addresses the rumors of possible trades involving Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy, telling @TomPelissero: "I see and read just like everyone else… but we're not trading those two players.”
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“I see and read just like everyone else does,” Payton said. “Then occasionally, when someone really crowds the plate, I throw a fastball right at their chin, and they back up, and they’re like, ‘Alright.’ And so I haven’t thrown any fastballs lately, but we’re not trading those two players.
“When people call and the phone rings like it does this time of year, (general manager) George Paton’s job is to pick it up and say, ‘Hey. Tell you what, we’re not.’ And so, we’ve received calls, you bet. Those are two good football players. But we’re in the business of gathering talent right now. Why do people call? Because they know we’re void of draft picks and that we might, because there was some discussions a year ago, I think, regarding Courtland. But we like the current group that we’re working with.”
Jeudy had 972 yards, and 6 touchdowns last season, his best season since being selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Broncos’ offense statistically ranked in the bottom half of the league in every category in 2022, and will need Jeudy to once again step up for them to be successful.