Knowshon Moreno was a first round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2009, and the team has been waiting ever since for him to live up to that potential. However it appears that the patience of John Elway and John Fox is wearing thin when it comes to Moreno. The Elway led management group inherited Moreno when they took over in January of 2011, and have given him chances to live up to his draft selection but the end is in sight for Moreno’s days in Denver.
Moreno started the season as the number two back behind Willis McGahee, and played well in the opener versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s been all downhill since then though, including a costly lost fumble versus the Atlanta Falcons. After that fumble, Moreno saw the field very little for the rest of the game with the Falcons and has been deactivated for the last two games.
With all of that in mind, look for the Broncos to attempt to trade Moreno in the coming weeks. The team is ready to go forward with rookie, Ronnie Hillman who is getting more and more playing time as the weeks go by. Because of Hillman’s emergence, it’s going to be difficult to trade Moreno simply because he’s not going to play. When teams want to trade someone, they usually try to feature that player but that won’t happen here. The coaches no longer trust Moreno as evidenced by the fact that he hasn’t seen the field since that fumble versus the Falcons.
The Broncos will probably hang onto Moreno through the trade deadline and see if there is any interest. The Detroit Lions are a possible landing spot for Moreno and injuries could always open up more possibilities. If there is no trade, the Denver Broncos will probably release Moreno at some point following the trade deadline. Keep in mind the one thing that could change everything are injuries but if everyone stays healthy, then the Broncos will wave goodbye to a first-round bust.
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