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Broncos Could Be In The Trade Market For A Tight End?

Jason Cole of B/R has spoken to multiple coaches and scouts from around the NFL who have pointed out a number of issues with the Broncos’ offensive line.

According to Cole, the problems start with QB Peyton Manning, who leads the NFL in interceptions and is averaging just 6.4 yards per pass attempt this season, which happens to be a career low for the future Hall of Famer.

Beyond that, Denver does not have a threat at tight end and the pistol formation that they’ve been employing this season is believed to be holding back their rushing attack.

Interestingly enough, Cole’s sources have suggested that the Broncos should look to the trade market for a tight end such as Vernon Davis of the 49ers or Jared Cooks of the Rams.

Over the weekend, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the 49ers and Rams have both received inquiries from other teams regarding Davis and Cook.

La Canfora added that both San Francisco and St. Louis appear to be open to the possibility of moving Davis and Cook, but no deals are imminent at this time.

The 49ers and Rams have reportedly not begun shopping either player around the league, but La Canfora mentions that the widely held belief among other teams that they could be had.

Davis is dealing with a knee injury and is in the final year of his contract, which means even if San Francisco were willing to part ways with their tight end right now, it’s doubtful they’d get much more than a late-round pick for him.

Davis, 31, is in the final year of his six-year, $42.705 million contract that included $23 million guaranteed, and stands to make a base salary of $4.35 million for the 2015 season.

Davis would be one of the best available tight ends in next year’s free agent pool, and allowing him to sign elsewhere would likely net the 49ers a compensatory pick in 2017.

This season, Davis has been limited to appearing in four games and recording eight receptions for 109 yards receiving and no touchdowns for the 49ers.

Cook, 28, is in the third year of his five-year, $35.11 million contract that included $19 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $7 million over the next two years and $7.1 million in 2017.

This season, Cook has appeared in five games and caught 15 passes for 169 yards receiving and no touchdowns for the Rams.