Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan, Denver Broncos, 25 years old
The Denver Broncos defense may look a lot different in 2016 as linebackers Von Miller, Brandon Marshall and Danny Trevathan are all set to become free agents. While all three are talented, Trevathan seems to get the least credit of the three despite having a knack for making big plays.
A sixth round pick of Kentucky, Trevathan perhaps made his biggest play during the 2013 shootout against Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. In a game where Romo was dominant throughout while dueling with Peyton Manning, it was Trevathan who had the last laugh.
Romo completed 25-of-36 passes for 506 yards and five touchdowns while leading the team to 48 points. With the game tied at that score and time winding down, the Kentucky product made a diving interception to seal the win for the Broncos who kicked a field goal following the turnover.
Of course the narrative went that Romo blew the game, and no one really gave Danny much credit for his athletic maneuver. He finished that year with 129 tackles and three interceptions. After injuries took up all but three games of his 2014 season, Trevathan returned in 2015 to record another 109 tackles and two interceptions.
The 240-pound linebacker would most likely come in at a high price, but as he will be just 26-years old as the 2016 season begins, he could be a key piece to a solid defensive unit for many more years.