SMITH: “I looked at that deal last night. I want to do it, I just have a hard time giving up a pick — even though it’s out there — I have a hard time giving up a pick for a guy that’s going into the last year of his deal. You’re good inside linebacker — you like what you got?”
ELWAY: “Yeah, I’d do the player for player, but you know what, we’re in good shape. … But I’m actually trying to move one or two there, too. I’m in a battle for the 52 right now, you know? Who’s going to make that 53?
SMITH: “I think it makes sense if we’re going to do it to do it. The quicker I can get him into our building and in the program, the better off we’re going to be.
ELWAY: “We can make it happen fast.”
Elway and Smith both brought up the linebacker position. The two might’ve had a player-for-player deal that would send an inside ‘backer to Denver, or Elway might’ve been trying to up his compensation by moving a guy, too.
Instead, they settled on a conditional seventh-round pick — and showed viewers at home just what goes on behind the scenes with NFL personnel.