Following their big win against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football to stay undefeated, John Elway and the Broncos went out and acquired two-time Pro Bowl tight end, Vernon Davis.
Along with Davis, the 49ers are sending a 7th round pick in this year’s draft. In return, Denver receives a 6th round pick this year as well as next year. A pretty solid trade for both sides.
Davis will join fellow tight ends, Owen Daniels and Virgil Green in an offense that has only 23 catches from the position all season – ranking 28th in the league. While Davis is having an underwhelming individual season, he provides an instant boost to Denver’s offense and another playmaker for the crumbling Peyton Manning.
Gary Kubiak often likes to run with 2 and even 3 tight ends on his offense, so the acquisition of Davis bring that dimension to Denver. Even though Davis is coming off his worst season and hasn’t turned it around yet in 2015, he can be a valuable component for the Broncos – he still has the size and athleticism that make him a matchup nightmare.
Clearly, Davis is in a better situation, joining an undefeated Broncos team and leaving a poor state 49ers organization. Plus, I’m sure he’d much rather have Peyton Manning throwing him the ball rather than recently named starter, Blaine Gabbert.
Could Davis be washed up? Most certainly, but we can’t know for sure. After all, Colin Kaepernick has looked awful for the past two years and Davis was putting up elite numbers as recently as 2013. It’s also worth noting that athletically he’s more gifted than Owen Daniels, while the Broncos got elite production out of the tight end position when Julius Thomas was the main man in 2012 and 2013. Not having a reliable, athletic tight end has clearly hurt Denver’s passing game, and the Broncos at least took a shot at getting it going again. That makes Davis a speculative grab in deeper leagues or if you don’t have a solid tight end you use every week, he’s worth a try.