Ten days before the NFL’s trade deadline, Broncos general manager George Patton struck a deal Saturday to acquire defensive end/linebacker Stephen Weatherly from the Minnesota Vikings.
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Weatherly was originally a seventh-round pick by the Vikings in 2016 when Patton worked in the team’s front office. This is Patton’s first trade with his former boss, Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman.
Listed at 6-foot-5, 263 pounds, Weatherly played defensive end in the Vikings’ 4-3 front, but is expected to play outside linebacker in the Broncos’ 3-4 plan. The Broncos are eliminated by an injury to an outside linebacker. Bradley Chubb (ankle) has played a game and Aaron Patrick (ankle) and Andre Mintz (hamstring) are also on injured reserve.
Von Miller sprained his ankle in the first part of the Broncos’ loss in Cleveland on Thursday, leaving Malik Reid and Jonathan Cooper the only healthy leads.
In 64 career games (16 starts), Weatherly has 93 tackles and six sacks. He had three sacks each in 2018-19 for the Vikings. He played for Carolina last year, but returned to Minnesota this year. He has also played 114 special teams snaps this year.
The business allowed Patton to begin rebuilding his 2023 draft wardrobe; Before the deal, he didn’t have a choice of a sixth or seventh round in ’23.
In the same roster move, the Broncos placed inside linebacker Micah Saffron on injured reserve, meaning he would miss at least three games. Saffron, who made his debut for the Broncos, sustained a groin injury in the first half on Thursday, adding Josie Jewel (pectoral), Alexander Johnson (pectoral) and Jonas Griffin (hamstring) into injured reserve.