Broncos Free Agency Fits: Defensive Lineman Barry Cofield


The Denver Broncos have plenty of needs this offseason, not the least of which is adding some depth to their defensive line, which is moving into a 3-4 alignment. If free agent Terrance Knighton departs for another team, the Broncos will have a need for some veteran leadership up front and we’ve already looked into the possibility of adding Darnell Dockett, who is coming back from injury.

Now, we take a look at former Giants and Redskins captain Barry Cofield, who was recently released.

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In addition to being a team captain, Cofield is a versatile interior defensive lineman that can play nose tackle if the need arises, and is good at pushing the pocket as well as taking on blockers and setting things up for the pass rushers he plays alongside.

Only playing in eight games last season and turning 31 in March, Cofield could generate plenty of interest on the open market but the Broncos are a good scheme fit and have a need for some veteran savvy up front with Derek Wolfe, Malik Jackson, and Sylvester Williams penciled in as the current starting lineup.

Cofield would be available, in all likelihood, to play at any of those positions and would provide the Broncos with a strong veteran presence, a player that has won a Super Bowl (with the Giants in 2007 season).

Of course, we’re not making any predictions with these articles and telling you the Broncos are going to sign every player available, we’re just presenting the options and doing exactly what the Broncos’ front office is doing — looking for any way to make the team better.

If Cofield comes at the right price, he would be a really solid rotational defensive lineman that can play a couple of different positions and bring a championship mentality to a line that could use the depth he could provide.

We’ll be keeping an eye on all Broncos free agent news and rumors, so download the FanSided app and make sure you are getting all Predominantly Orange updates!