The Denver Broncos are dangerously inching toward another wasted campaign. Despite beginning the new season in impressive form, the Broncos have since spiraled out of control by losing four consecutive contests. With the NFL trade deadline fast approaching, general manager George Paton may be interested in acquiring future draft capital in exchange for players that do not factor into his long-term plans.
One such player who is reportedly receiving an abundance of interest from wishful contenders around the league is two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Kyle Fuller. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler has identified Fuller as a prime candidate to be moved, and even went as far as to suggest that Denver may be willing to pay some of his remaining $4.76 million salary. Fuller has seen his role greatly diminished in recent weeks and could make a much larger impact on a Super Bowl contender down the stretch.
Here are three teams that should look to acquire Fuller before next week's deadline.
One of the three teams mentioned by Fowler in his original report, a move for Fuller would represent strengthening a strength for the almighty Bills. Clear Super Bowl contenders in an exciting AFC that's loaded with offensive superstars, the Bills' defense is currently giving up league-lows in yards allowed per contest (270.2) and points per game (16.3).
Fuller would likely play on the outside in defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier's scheme, demoting former undrafted free agent Levi Wallace to a reserve role. For as good as the Bills have been on defense, it's going to take something special to combat the likes of Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow, and Derrick Henry in the AFC playoffs. The addition of Fuller would make this defense even scarier than it already is.
Winners of three consecutive contests and largely viewed as the overwhelming favorites to win the AFC South for the second year in a row, the Titans are a franchise that is clearly pushing their chips into the middle of the table. With an aging supporting cast on offense, the Titans are all about finding immediate success in 2021 and 2022, and could be buyers at next week's trade deadline.
Their defensive outputs have improved in recent weeks, but Tennessee is still giving up a healthy 273.6 yards through the air per contest, which ranks them in the bottom 10 of that metric. Injuries have also begun to pile up at the position. Starting cornerback Kristian Fulton remains on injured reserve with a hamstring ailment. Rookie first-round pick Caleb Farley will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in Week 6. Fellow cornerback Chris Jackson is nursing a foot injury that was serious enough to keep him out of action last week. The Titans could use some serious reinforcements at the corner position, and Fuller is talented enough to immediately slot into their starting lineup.
A secondary that was absolutely carved up by rival quarterback Joe Burrow to the tune of 416 passing yards and three touchdowns, the Ravens could seriously use an injection of talent on the back end of their defense. Baltimore's cornerback room lost a leader when three-time Pro Bowler Marcus Peters suffered a season-ending injury in early September, and the rest of the unit has failed to adequately pick up the pieces in his wake.
Currently giving up an astounding 296.1 passing yards per contest, Fuller would immediately provide this unit with the makeover it so desperately needs. Marlon Humphrey has not played his best football in 2021, and former Alabama standout Anthony Averett has struggled since taking on a more prominent role. General manager Eric DeCosta should be fearless in his pursuit of a talented corner before next week's trade deadline. Fuller fits the bill.