Report: Broncos Talking to Free Agent DL Jared Odrick
The Denver Broncos are not being loud in free agency as some other teams are (especially teams in the AFC West) but that doesn’t mean John Elway and company aren’t hard at work, putting together plans to attack Free Agency in less than 48 hours.
According to the Sun Sentinel (out of Florida), the Broncos are among the teams that are looking into signing Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Jared Odrick, who is an ideal fit as a defensive end in their new 3-4 alignment.
Odrick will be hotly pursued, as we expect for many of these upper echelon free agents, and according to the report, he’s being considered for a contract of nearly $7 million annually.
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That seems extremely rich for what the Broncos can apparently afford right now, but the fit is interesting and the Broncos are also reportedly bringing in Kendall Langford for a visit. It’s unlikely the Broncos would sign both, but perhaps they view Langford as a ‘Plan B’ in case their pursuit of Odrick runs dry.
Odrick is a very solid all-around defender who has played in all 16 games the last four seasons. He isn’t an elite pass rusher by any means, but he can get pressure on quarterbacks and is solid in run defense as well. The former Penn State star was among the players Broncos fans had their eyes on in the 2010 NFL Draft.
At 6-foot-5, 305 pounds, Odrick has the ideal frame to play five technique in a 3-4 defense but he is a versatile player, as he proved in his time with the Dolphins.
With Miami having spent as much money as they did or will on Ndamukong Suh, it makes sense that Odrick would start pushing his services out to other teams and seeing what kind of money is out there. Right now, it’s a player’s market and the Broncos are going to need to be really cautious.
That said, Odrick is a really solid player who would be a fantastic addition to the Denver defense. The rumors are heavy right now that Oakland is pursuing him heavily, so we’ll see what happens.