Denver Broncos News and Rumors: Jerry Jeudy Might Be the Best WR on the Trade Market

Jerry Jeudy was a popular name in summer trade rumors -- now that the Denver Broncos are 1-5, could the fourth-year wideout be on the move?

With head coach Sean Payton trying to rebuild the Denver Broncos with a new culture, Jerry Jeudy, a first-round pick out of the 2020 NFL Draft, has an uncertain future.

Jeudy was selected by former general manager/executive VP of football operations John Elway and not current general manager George Paton, so there’s no allegiance by the coaching staff or the revised front office to him.

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2023 NFL Trade Candidate: Denver Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy

While Jeudy’s fifth-year option was picked up by the team last season after a career-high 972 yards on 67 receptions, rumors have persisted around the NFL going back to March’s opening of the new league year that Jeudy or veteran WR Courtland Sutton could be moved.

Payton shot down the rumors about Jeudy and Sutton before the season started, but they’ve started up in recent weeks.

What sources said has deterred teams from trading for Jeudy is his near-$13 million fully guaranteed fifth-year option salary for next season.

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As a league source explained to Pro Football Network recently, his salary for this year is very palatable ($2.7 million, which would be prorated for the rest of the season if he’s moved). But if a new team wanted to move on from Jeudy after this season by release, they would be on the hook for that big salary increase for next season.

That salary has been a deterrent so far, but that could change as teams looking to make a big push for the playoffs rethink their strategy.

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