NFL Rumors: Broncos Interested in Raiders C Stefen Wisniewski?


The Denver Broncos and the rest of the NFL are making final preparations to get their roster ready for a run at the Super Bowl in 2015, and some names of free agents are already starting to emerge as candidates for John Elway and the crew to go after.

One name that popped up today is Oakland Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski, who would fill one of the team’s biggest needs  this offseason up front offensively.

Wisniewski has been a pretty darn good center for the Raiders since being drafted in 2011, and the team is expected to let him test the market this offseason at the age of 25 as they prepare to go after some of the biggest fish in this year’s free agent class.

The cream of the center crop this offseason is Kansas City’s Rodney Hudson, but he’s reportedly seeking around $7 million per season on a new contract. The Broncos might be more interested in a solid starter like Wisniewski, who is still young and getting better, at around $4 million per season.

The Broncos need to have room to sign plenty of starters this offseason, including a few up front on the offensive line. Adding Wisniewski would be a good way to stick it to a division rival and at the same time address arguably the team’s biggest need this offseason in one shot.

It wouldn’t be the first time the Broncos did that to a division rival, having signed All-Pro right guard Louis Vasquez away from the San Diego Chargers two years ago.

Perhaps some Raiders specialists could shed some light on the situation, but it really doesn’t make sense why they’d let a young player like this go with as much cap space as they have and his relatively low asking price. Perhaps they are seeking an upgrade elsewhere, but other than that, this is a curious move for the Raiders to let him hit the market.