let me put on my bronco homer glasses (like I ever take them off lol) and try to make sense of this:
Lock: It appears to me that the team has more confidence in his future than the rest of us do. Consider that 2020 was to be his first year as an incumbent but last year was tainted by (A) new OC (B) no OTA's (C) injuries to Lock himself and receiving corps. The team is satisfied to go into 2021 with Lock as the incumbent starter, but they want a better back-up QB than Driscoll.
Von: Not sure if he is over the hill. His sack numbers were down in 2019 but his pressures were still there. Losing Chubb in 2019 hurt Vons production: without a viable threat opposite, defenses could chip and double him all day. All reports last pre-season were glowing - he was primed for a great year before a freak ankle injury. Regardless, cutting Von would have cost $4M in dead money so the team would be saving $16M - pretty close to what top edge rushers made when FA opened this year.
Lindsay: I think we (FF community and Bronco fans alike) overvalue Lindsay. I keep hearing that the Broncos didn't use him correctly. Well, they said the same about Tebow. You don't pay a lot of money for a guy you can only use in a few specific ways. I love the dude, his fire and passion was incredible, but he also went down on first contact a lot. Also, he was a liability in the passing game (not great hands, not a great blocker) and didn't contribute on special teams. Lindsay is a guy who could turn a nice hole into a 50 yard run, but most NFL backs can turn a nice hole into a 10-20 yard run...Lindsay had value there for sure but if the hole isn't here, he's losing yards. A guy who can eek out 4 yards when there isn't a hole is more valuable.
I'd also say that I think Lindsay and his agents over-valued his worth. He rejected any offer from Broncos, so the team let him go out and see if he could find another offer, and they would match - a great way for Lindsay to make market value, but for the Broncos to keep him. He didn't find it, so he asked to be released, thinking the RFA original round tender was holding him back. I think he will find that is not the case. I don't think he gets >$3M/year.
9th draft spot: If you believe Broncos are OK with Lock, CB is next biggest need. All mocks I have read had Broncos going CB at 9: Farley or Surtain. with the Darby signing and if the Broncos can acquire Kyle Fuller, Broncos could go BPA - OL, or LB. If the Lock-trust is a smoke screen, it's a hell of a lot easier to move up from 9 than it is at, say, 15 or 20. toss in next years #1 and that could do the trick.
look for some big moves to be made in the near future. Broncos are in process of signing Simmons (currently on franchise tag) to a long term deal, and converting salaries of McManus and Purcell roster bonus into signing bonus (i.e. kicking the can down the road in exchange for more breathing room in 2021). Something big is about to drop. I'm hoping it's related to be Bears.