Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/30/13
This was never going to be the type of trade market in which the Broncos would take part. "Everybody wants to trade somebody that's going to be a free agent," said John Elway, the Broncos' director of football operations. "I'm not going to give up a draft pick for eight games." The NFL trading deadline expired at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the Broncos standing pat with a roster that has compiled a 7-1 record and leads the NFL by a wide margin with 42.9 points per game. Twitter jammed the cool Rocky Mountain air Tuesday with speculation the Broncos were trying to make a deal for Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen. Not true. Perhaps the speculators forgot Von Miller has returned from his suspension. Had the Broncos acquired Allen, he and his 4½ sacks would have taken playing time away from Shaun Phillips and Robert Ayers, who have 10½ sacks between them. It never made sense. Peyton among the rested. Peyton Manning was one of 10 regularly playing Broncos who didn't practice Tuesday. The others: Wes Welker, Eric Decker, Julius Thomas, Orlando Franklin, Chris Kuper, Joel Dreessen, Champ Bailey, Duke Ihenacho and Phillips. All but perhaps Kuper, Ihenacho and Thomas — who all have ankle issues — are expected to fully participate in practice next week when the Broncos prepare for their against their AFC West foe San Diego Chargers. With Manning sidelined Tuesday and Wednesday, second-year backup quarterback Brock Osweiler did and will take reps with the Broncos' first-team offense. Osweiler just didn't have many first-team starters with him. Welker, Decker and Thomas are three of Manning's top four receivers. Franklin is the Broncos' starting right offensive tackle.
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