5 Free Agents The Denver Broncos Should Target This Offseason

By David Guidera
February 23, 2013 6:54 am
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The Denver Broncos ended 2012 in bitter disappointment, losing to the eventual champion Baltimore Ravens 38-35 in a double-overtime stunner. Fans overreacted. Media overreacted. But GM John Elway has tasted the harshest dishes defeat can serve, so the Broncos faithful can rest assured his reactions won’t be so short-sighted.

Denver enters the 2013 free-agency scramble in great shape with the most important positions in the modern game locked up: quarterback, offensive tackle, cornerback and edge rusher. They also have $16.8 million available over the cap and franchised OT Ryan Clady, who would have been the most sought after left tackle had they let him test the market.

Even if New England let’s WR Wes Welker loose in free agency, he doesn’t fit into Denver’s plans because the Broncos can’t afford to blow that much cash on one position when Eric Decker’s and Demaryius Thomas’ contracts are up after 2013 and 2014, respectively. Besides, Peyton Manning has turned nobodies like Austin Collie and Pierre Garçon into Pro Bowlers, so watch Bubba Caldwell if Denver doesn’t resign Brandon Stokley.

Scratch stars like Chicago’s Henry Melton or Buffalo’s Jairus Byrd off the list because they will—or already have been—franchise tagged.

Denver can’t afford all five of the following candidates, but they will probably give them all a long look as they lure one or two to Dove Valley.

(all stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus and Pro Football Reference)

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2 years ago
I think the best bet for Denver is to make sure Manning is not touched next year by a defender. Invest in OL and TE. Give Manning an extra year there. I like all your possibilites but ellerbe wouldnt make much sense. Getting older vets totally does though. Jackson would be an awesome fit if a bronco uni.
2 years ago

Pro Football Focus and Football Outsiders ranked Denver's pass blocking first and second respectively, that's why if they spend money on an o-lineman it won't be for his pass blocking ability.

But I tend to agree with you about Ellerbe, Shawn. If the Broncos keep DJ Williams he might be an upgrade over Mays in the middle, but it's not his natural position. If they do look elsewhere for an MLB they'd have to start with Ellerbe if he's available.
2 years ago

Well just make sure to tag Clady. And getting a physical back like Jackson in their can't hurt.
2 years ago
Manning will make any offensive line look #1. The injury bug is always there so a plan B is a must when you got 20 Mill invested in an older QB. Trust me, this is coming from a Viking fan that watched in person, Favre get thrown to a frozen turf ending his career. You can never have too much offensive and defensive line help. The game is won in the trenches!

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