Over the weekend, I wrote about how the Denver Broncos need to improve their secondary by adding a veteran at safety. I suggested that they sign 16-year veteran Charles Woodson to a one-year deal if he agreed to take a huge pay cut.
We had comments ranging from, “Pretty sure the Denver ‘D’ is stocked in the backfield” to “Not stacked enough to stop Jacoby Jones” to “For a bargain yea we should. The guy has a lot of expierience and can take a leadership role like what dawkins did.”
While the verdict is still out on signing Woodson, I want to bring up another high-profile safety that’s still on the market.
Kerry Rhodes, 31, will be entering his ninth year in the league after playing for the New York Jets and then the Arizona Cardinals. He had 67 tackles, 4 interceptions, and a sack last season, which shows that he’s still got gas in the tank. For his career, Rhodes has 608 tackles and 23 interceptions.
Rhodes was slated to make $5.5 million in 2013 before the Cardinals released him. Perhaps this is another guy that would consider taking a pay cut to play for a team that’s the early favorites to win the Super Bowl. Imagine a secondary with Champ Bailey, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Kerry Rhodes. The experience and talent back there would aid the pass rush headlined by Von Miller and Shaun Phillips. This is a Denver defense that already looks improved.
Mike Adams and Rahim Moore did a fine job at safety last season, but the Broncos need more playmakers back there. Adams didn’t have any interceptions while Moore had just one in 2012. Quinton Carter is returning from a shoulder injury so it will be nice to see what kind of big hits he can continue offering from the 2011 season. David Bruton will continue on as a backup and special teams extraordinaire.
The Broncos’ brass has been known to bring on well-known veteran backups where they see gaps. Look no further than Keith Brooking, Dan Koppen, and Jim Leonhard last off season. The team isn’t just constantly looking for stability. They’re looking for upgrades all around, and that’s why they’ll most likely address the safety position in the coming months.