Report: Broncos Could Let Rahim Moore Walk in Free Agency


In case you haven’t had your fill of potential Broncos players leaving via free agency this offseason, here’s another!

As is the case with many players on the Broncos’ free agent docket, safety Rahim Moore could price himself out of the Broncos’ comfort range, and wind up signing with another team, as opined by Jeff Legwold of ESPN.

Losing Moore would be a bit of a blow for the Broncos in the secondary, as it was in 2013 when he went down with his leg injury that nearly cost him the leg itself. Moore has overcome a lot to even get back on the football field, much less to be in line for a big pay day.

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Since Compartment’s Syndrome nearly took Moore’s leg, he tied for the team lead with four interceptions and started all 16 games for the Broncos this past year, racking up 49 tackles and a forced fumble. Moore is a decent young player who hasn’t quite been the star the Broncos thought he would be when they drafted him in the second round back in 2011, but he’s turned out to be pretty good.

Entering his contract year, there was thought the Broncos could re-sign him on the cheap, and that would still be the preferred option if he is open to it, but Moore has one shot at a big pay day with lots of guaranteed money, and this might be it. That is, unless he signs a one or two-year deal with the Broncos.

If I were John Elway, I would try to retain Moore in the $4 million per year price range, but he might not be into that, and that’s okay. Consider it another “mutual” parting of ways, if you will.

If Moore leaves the Broncos, I see a lot of teams that could use his help. The Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts have needs at the safety position, as do the Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears. The Raiders and Bears present interesting options for Moore because he would be reuniting with either Jack Del Rio or John Fox.

Or, Moore could stick with the team and the guy that drafted him in the Broncos and John Elway. He would have to take a hometown discount to do so, but the Broncos have been there every step of the way for Moore, through the worst of times (2012/13 playoffs vs. Ravens) and the best of times.

Moore is an average player by statistics and metrics, but he’s a hard worker and if Elway can figure out a way to keep him around on the cheap, that would be the preferred route. Time will tell, but it’s very possible Moore has played his last with the Broncos.

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