I guess the Bob Seger classic sounds better as “Get Out Of Denver” than it would as “Get Out Of San Diego”. Artistic interpretation aside, the reverse seems to be the trend. Having already inked free agents Louis Vasquez to bolster the offensive line and Shaun Phillips to replace Elvis “has left the building” Dumervil as a needed edge rusher on defense, yet another Charger has bolted San Diego for orange mountains majesty of Colorado. Twelve-year veteran defensive back Quentin Jammer has inked a deal to join a stacked defensive backfield for the Denver Broncos. In addition to these three 2013 FA period signings from San Diego, former Charger Jacob Hester remains from a mid-season free agent deal in 2012. Three of the four former Bolts have some experience where it counts…winning. Jammer and Phillips were integral parts of 4 straight division titles for the Chargers (2006-2009). They also played in the AFC title game in New England in January, 2008. Hester was part of two of those Charger division championships (2008-2009).
Jammer brings 12 years of experience to a corps of corner backs who have a really nice blend of youth and experience. Between Jammer and Champ Bailey, they have 26 years of NFL experience. Then you have Tony Carter, Chris Harris, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromarte who combined have one less year of experience than Jammer alone. Yet all three of those guys are experienced and talented enough to be difference makers. Throw in three rookies and you have the makings of an interesting battle for playing time once training camp opens.
If I may interject some opinion here, I like the move. John Elway has stated that defensively, the Broncos are in 5 or 6 defensive back sets most of the time. So why not be as deep as possible in the defensive backfield in a pass-happy NFL? Not only are they deepening that part of the roster but they are doing it with quality and durability. Jammer has recorded 727 tackles, 21 interceptions, 7 forced fumbles, and 7 fumble recoveries in 172 regular season games. In addition, he has missed only 3 games since earning the starting CB spot in 2005.
So Broncos Nation, this off-season has been filled with a lot of positives (FA and draft signings), 1 negative (Elvis), and much irony (former Chargers to Denver). I just hope the irony stops before we go overboard and trade for Phillip Rivers or hire Norv Turner as our head coach. I gotta go, I just made myself ill.