If you go to training camp, or even just look at the Broncos roster, one thing really hits home. Familiarity just doesn’t exist. The combination of a 4-12 record and a coaching change has put many new faces on this Broncos team.
As soon as the lockout was over, the Broncos put the proverbial bat on their shoulders and were waiting for the right pitch to come along, hoping to hit free agency out of the ballpark. Let’s take a look at what the Broncos decided to do in free agency and then give them a grade.
In with the new, out with the old. Here are the major names that the Broncos recently let go:
S Renaldo Hill
WR Jabar Gaffney
T Ryan Harris
DT Ronald Fields
TE Daniel Coats
RB Correll Buckhalter
RB Laurence Maroney
Now, let’s get to know some of the new free agents:
DT Ty Warrren – Coming from New England, and with plenty of experience, adding Warren to the line excites fans. He has 20.5 sacks in his seven year career. He missed all of last season with a hip injury.
DE Derrick Harvey – Entering his 4th year, Harvey was a first-round (8th overall) selection by the Jaguars. He has 70 career tackles and 8.5 sacks.
DT Brodrick Bunkley – Bunkley played five seasons with the Eagles, has 122 career tackles, and 6 sacks.
TE Daniel Fells – He played for the Rams for three seasons before moving to Denver. Last year was his biggest year with 41 receptions for 391 yards, and 2 TDs in 16 games.
TE Dante Rosario – He’s John Fox’s guy after playing in Carolina for four years. He’s a solid blocking tight end with great hands.
RB Willis McGahee – After packing a mean one-two punch with Ray Rice in Baltimore, McGahee will be a great compliment to Knowshon Moreno.
WR David Anderson – This will be Anderson’s sixth year in the league after pulling in some solid numbers with the Texans. Anderson played at Colorado State.