The Denver Broncos got news today that Montee Ball will have an emergency appendectomy, after experiencing pain yesterday that was still there this morning. Here at PO, we have been speculating on whether the team could look to a Free Agent back to come in and help fill the void. It’s premature to say if such a player would compete for a roster spot, but a move would fall in line with Broncos offseason moves the past few seasons, similar to the signings of Keith Brooking, Dan Koppen, Jim Leonard, Ryan Lilja and Paris Lenon.
Willis McGahee – 32
McGahee was with the team as recently as OTAs this past season. He was cut in part due to his salary, age and the presence of 2 high draft picks at RB. He was signed by the Browns after trading away Trent Richardson, and went on to have a lackluster season behind a very poor offensive line. Now, McGahee would be the candidate most familiar with the Broncos system after playing with Manning during his first season with the team. The question is has age and injury finally rendered him ineffective? He ran for 377 yards on 138 attempts, (a paltry 2.7 YPC average), 1 TD, 1 fumble and 20 yards on 8 receptions. McGahee was very effective in his last season with the Broncos, with 731 yards on 167 carries with 4 TDs although he lost 4 fumbles. He also had his best season receiving as a pro with Manning as his QB.
Ronnie Brown – 32
Brown is the next natural fit, after playing for former Broncos OC, Mike McCoy, this past season with San Diego. McCoy implemented an offensive system which was very similar to the one he used during Manning’s first season in Denver. Brown ran for 157 yards on 45 attempts for a 3.7 YPC mark and 1 TD, to go along with 60 yards receiving on 8 receptions. Brown was very effective in the way he was used with the Chargers last season, primarily as a 3rd down back in pass protection.
Michael Bush - 30
It wasn’t too long ago that Bush was a highly sought after option to become a starting RB. Instead he signed with Chicago to backup Matt Forte and played with the team for 2 forgettable campaigns. Bush still has a lot of tread left on his wheels and could be the kind of under the radar acquisition that Elway has been known for.
Kendall Hunter – 25
This Writer just got word that the 49ers have waived/injured RB Kendall Hunter. Their end goal will be to sneak him onto their IR. I fully support following a Belichick tactic and claiming the Back to stash him on IR with an eye for him to contribute in 2015. This would be an unrelated move to add a talented player.
Other Available Free Agents:
Larod Stephens-Howling, Felix Jones, Mike Goodson and Tashard Choice
Who would you like to see the Broncos target if they decide to go this route? Comment Below!