The Broncos on Tuesday annouced that they had traded a 4th round draft pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for Running Back Laurence Maroney and a 6th round draft pick in the 2011 NFL draft.
Maroney now joins fullback Spencer Larsen, backs Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter and Lance Ball in the Broncos back field. To make room for Moroney on the 53-man roster, Denver released Andre Brown, a second-year pro who was selected by the Giants in the fourth round last year from North Carolina State University.
In my opinion, this was a good move by the Broncos, and a great value trade. The Broncos gave up one draft pick in exchange for another and a solid, experienced yet young (25) running back. While he hasn't done anything too flashy, Maroney did rush for 2,430 yards and score 22 touchdowns in a four year stint with the Pats, while also contributing in the passing game as well. It's been noted that Maroney's skills weren't utilized properly in New England, and he now gets a fresh start in Denver, in a role that should suit him better. If nothing else, Maroney can teach the other Bronco running backs how to get through tight holes.
The Broncos also made a few other roster transactions on Tuesday, officially releaseing reciever Brandon Stokley and signing OL Jeff Stehle and LB Titus Brown to the practice squad. The club also released linebacker Worrell Williams (D.J. Williams litter brother) from it's practice squad.