Ed McCaffrey is brought down by Patriots cornerback Terrell Buckley at the New England five-yard line after a second-quarter 14-yard catch that set up the third Broncos touchdown of the game, which provided the eventual winning points in the 24-16 victory by the visitors at Gillette Stadium.(Jim Davis/Boston Globe)
Free agency officially begins on Monday, March 12 at 3:00 p.m. EST. However, the unofficial start of free agency begins Friday night at 12:00 a.m. EST. Prior to that time, talking to a player that’s going to be a free agent is considered tampering by the NFL, and a team could be penalized for it. After midnight on Friday, teams can begin to start contacting free agents and talking contracts with them.
Before rumors start flying and agents let talks leak so that they can boost the stock of their player, I’m bringing you the all-time top free agents signings by the Denver Broncos.
5. John Lynch
The safety never had less than 61 tackles in his four years with the Broncos. He also added 7 sacks, 9 forced fumbles, and 3 interceptions in his short time with the team. Oh, and that’s after playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 11 years.
4. Jake Plummer
Plummer was very successful in the years between John Elway and Peyton Manning. He won 72% of his games in 54 starts. He also took the Broncos to the playoffs three times. Toss 71 touchdowns and 47 interceptions and it’s a shame that he was benched in favor of Jay Cutler. What’s even more of a shame is that Kyle Orton was brought in to replace Cutler. Moving on.
3. Bill Romanowski
If he wasn’t on your team, he’s somebody that you loved to hate. The linebacker played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers before becoming a Bronco in 1996. His best season came in 1998 when he had 70 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions. After he played six seasons with the Broncos, he played for the Oakland Raiders for two seasons before retiring.
2. Ed McCaffrey
After playing for the New York Giants for three years and then for a season with the 49ers, McCaffrey finally found his niche in Denver. He had three consecutive 1,000+ yard seasons from 1998-2000 to go along with 26 touchdowns combined. He’s ranked fourth all-time in receiving yards and third all-time in touchdowns for the Broncos.
1. Peyton Manning
When a quarterback sets a franchise season record in nearly every statistical passing category in his first year with the team after taking a year off from football, and four neck surgeries, the guy undoubtedly goes No. 1. Elway was a key player in the acquisition after convincing Manning that Denver is in fact where he wants to end his storied career. The best news is that Manning and everyone else around him only expects improvement in the years to come.