Broncos trade Vikings rusher Stephen Weatherly in exchange for draft pick
The Broncos have lost four straight games after starting 3-0, and now they’ve taken a small bet to improve their defense. Two days after falling to the Browns, the team acquired Vikings pass carrier Stephen Weatherly as part of a draft pick trade, as reported by NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero and the Broncos have since confirmed. Weatherly, 27, was on his second stint with Minnesota, but was recently looking for a “fresh start.” by Peliserro, and with starting defensemen Von Miller and Bradley Chubb both injured in Denver, the Broncos will give him an immediate opportunity to play.
The Broncos traded a 2022 seventh-round pick to the Vikings in exchange for Weatherly and a 2023 seventh-round pick.
Out of the edge of their defense, Chubb hasn’t played since Week 1 when he aggravated an ankle injury and subsequently underwent surgery and landed on the injured reserve. Miller, meanwhile, came out of Thursday night’s loss with his own ankle problem and may be running out of time to move forward. While Weatherly doesn’t brag about Chubb or Miller’s resumes, he does bring starting experience to a unit that has struggled to keep the Broncos afloat in recent weeks.
A seventh-round pick by the Vikings in 2016, Weatherly spent his first two seasons as a reserve before seeing more time in place of Everson Griffen. After registering six sacks in seven starts between 2018-19, the veteran signed a two-year contract with the Panthers and opened 2020 as a full-time starter, landing on IR with a finger injury in November. Released last February, he joined the Vikings and spent the first six games as part of Minnesota‘s passing rotation.
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