SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 09: Richie James #13 of the San Francisco 49ers returns the opening kickoff against the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Photos)

The Denver Broncos host the San Francisco 49ers for joint practices this week prior to their game on Monday. What players could John Elway target in a trade?

The Denver Broncos are preparing to play host to the San Francisco 49ers, not just for a routine preseason game but joint practices at the Broncos’ facility followed by a preseason game on ESPN’s Monday Evening Football.

The Broncos and 49ers have lots of familiarity with every single other, on and off the field.

This preseason contest will mark the 40th time the Broncos and 49ers have faced off against every single other in the exhibition season. The teams’ ties run deep.

San Francisco is led by common manager John Lynch, even though the Broncos are led, of course, by John Elway. Each executives are Ring of Famers for the Denver Broncos, and quickly, each will be Hall of Famers. Lynch is nevertheless waiting his turn.

Kyle Shanahan, the head coach of the 49ers, interviewed for the Broncos’ job in 2017 prior to they hired Vance Joseph. Vic Fangio, the head coach of the Broncos, was as soon as defensive coordinator for the 49ers, not lengthy ago. He interviewed for their head coaching vacancy in 2015 prior to they in the end hired Jim Tomsula.

The Broncos’ new offensive coordinator, Wealthy Scangarello, also came more than from San Francisco this previous offseason.

The Broncos have also produced a quantity of trades with the 49ers considering the fact that John Elway became common manager of the group, which includes some trades considering the fact that John Lynch became common manager of the group in 2017.

As a matter of truth, that year, the Broncos sent backup operating back Kapri Bibbs to the 49ers for a draft selection. In 2019, the Broncos traded a fifth-round choose to the 49ers for linebacker Dekoda Watson.

Incidentally, the two teams might not be completed trading. You never ever know.

These joint practices will give each teams a excellent chance to scout fits for their rosters at positions of weakness. As I wrote on Wednesday, the Broncos have a quantity of regions on their roster they want to address.

With the team’s major weaknesses in thoughts, as effectively as the understanding that the Broncos have quite restricted cap space at the moment, right here are some players I could see John Elway attempting to trade for in the coming weeks.