The Denver Broncos’ offense looked pretty strong during Sunday night’s 29-10 drubbing of the Green Bay Packers. Less than 24 hours later, Peyton Manning’s unit looks even stronger.
The Broncos plunged into the trade market Monday afternoon and emerged with San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis. General Manager John Elway announced the move, which also comes with a 2016 seventh-round pick in exchange for the Broncos’ sixth-round picks in 2016 and 2017, according to ESPN.
We've agreed to trade for two-time Pro Bowl TE Vernon Davis from SF. He'll be a valuable addition to our team w/his experience & leadership.
— John Elway (@johnelway) November 2, 2015
Davis — the 49ers’ all-time leader in receiving yards by a tight end with 5,640 — ends his career in San Francisco in his 10th season, his least productive with the team. The two-time Pro Bowler has just 18 receptions and has yet to record a touchdown this year.
Even if his memories in the Bay Area are fond, Davis can’t be too displeased to leave a 49ers squad mired in a disastrous 2-6 campaign, its latest indignity, a 27-6 loss to St. Louis on Sunday. Davis, 31, spoke briefly on the possibility of being traded in the 49ers locker room after the game.
#49ers Vernon Davis was asked about trade rumors: "It's a possibility. There's nothing I can do about it."
— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) November 1, 2015
Davis will look to revitalize his career on an unbeaten Denver team suddenly making major strides on offense. The Broncos racked up 500 yards of offense Sunday, including a season-high 340 passing yards from Manning. That total featured 105 combined receiving yards from tight ends Virgil Green and Owen Daniels — though Denver still ranks 28th in the NFL with 23 receptions from tight ends this season. Adding Davis could allow the Broncos to explore three tight-end sets, something Denver Coach Gary Kubiak dabbled with during his previous stint with the Houston Texans.
And if you thought the AFC West juggernaut was done bolstering its ranks, you might be wrong. With rookie left tackle Ty Sambrailo placed on injured reserve following the shoulder injury he sustained last month, Elway and the Broncos are reportedly looking into making Cleveland Browns fans even more miserable by snatching eight-time Pro Bowler and franchise cornerstone Joe Thomas.
@VicLombardi with Sambrillo out, you think the Broncos approach the Browns about Joe Thomas??
— Luis Ramirez (@LuisRam07) November 2, 2015