It’s clear that most Broncos players like playing in Denver. That’s evident by John Lynch’s decision to re-sign with the team despite a pay cut instead of testing free agency or going into retirement. He initially decided to leave the Broncos, but missed owner, Pat Bowlen’s phone call due to an early bedtime. Lynch slept on his decision and didn’t feel right in the morning, so he told Bowlen that he would be returning for another season.
Other returnees include Ebenezer Ekuban, who missed last season with a torn Achilles tendon. The other big defensive end that has decided to return is John Engelberger. Tight end Nate Jackson will also be suiting up in a Broncos uniform in 2008.
Other free agents that have yet to make a move include clutch kicker Jason Elam (pondering retirement), safety Nick Ferguson, and fullback Cecil Sapp.
The Broncos did exactly what I wanted them to do in releasing Javon Walker. Walker who played well in Denver was injured too often and he didn’t want to play for the Broncos anymore. Why keep him and his big salary around? Denver brought in Keary Colbert to replace Walker. The former Panthers receiver was drafted in 2004 and filled in for an injured Steve Smith catching 5 touchdowns in his rookie season. His performance has dropped with time, and he spent the end of 2007 on the injured reserve list. Colbert will be competing with Brandon Stokley for the #2 spot because Brandon Marshall secured the #1 slot with a solid 2007 season.
Finally, Ian Gold was released due to his declining performance in recent years.
It looks like the Broncos are being conservative in this year’s free agency market, but don’t expect them to do the same in the draft.
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