On Friday Denver Bronco fans said goodbye to a key part of the No-Fly-Zone secondary when it was announced that Aqib Talib was being traded to the L.A. Rams in exchange for a fifth round pick. With the trade the Denver Broncos will now have 11 picks in the draft this year.
The reason for Talib’s trade is obvious, the Broncos were in need of a reliable and consistent man behind center, the question was, who will Denver go after? Current draft predictions had Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield on Denver’s radar, however with the release of Talib, the Broncos made the play for Case Keenum of the Minnesota Vikings. On Monday it was announced that the New Orleans Saints would allow teams to meet with Drew Brees. Brees who is likely the best of the free agents this year is in the twilight of his career and although he was given the opportunity to meet with teams the New Orlean Saints moved quickly to get the veteran quarterback signed.
A hand full of teams are still pressing for Kirk Cousins, but the free agent has announced that he would not be making trips out to organizations to visit facilities but instead would make his decision based on where he sees the best fit. Although the deal isn’t complete, reports Tuesday morning suggest that the Denver Broncos will be signing Case Keenum Wednesday when free-agency opens. With the signing of Keenum, Denver will now focus on the draft and potentially building up the offensive line for Keenum
In other sports the Denver Nuggets are still positioning for a spot in the post-season, however the race in the West is tight and the Nuggets need wins to seal the deal. Last Wednesday the Nuggets hosted LeBron James and the Cavs, and despite keeping the game close the Nuggets dropped a key game at home 108 - 113 the second loss of the week.
The Nuggets turned things around over the weekend when they hosted the Sacramento Kings and the L.A. Lakers beating both teams by sizable margins. The Nuggets have 14 games left with another scheduled Tuesday night in L.A. to face the Lakers once again. Nine of those games are on the road which should make for a pretty interesting run for the Nuggets. This Thursday the Nuggets are home to face the Detroit Pistons before heading out on a seven game road trip that includes stops in Memphis, Miami, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philly, Toronto and Oklahoma. The Nuggets have their work cut out for them.
The Colorado Avalanche are on the cusp right now with 14 games left until the playoffs and they have their work cut out for them. This week they face the Minnesota Wild, a team looking for redemption after Colorado dominated them back on March 4, 7 - 1. The Avalanche have not made the playoffs since the 2013-14 season and have only made the post-season three times over the past decade, so the organization is poised to make it their fourth appearance.