Dan Armelli- Staff Writer
Bronco Player to Re-Sign:
Von is too obvious of a choice to pick for this. He’s a generational talent and isn’t really replaceable. The Broncos have to do whatever it takes to re-sign him.
Aside from him, I think Brock Osweiler is the most important player to re-sign. He isn’t the most talented UFA for the Broncos, and it’ll depend what kind of interest he generates, because I wouldn’t spend $12-15 million on him. But I think he’d be the hardest to replace just by looking at the other options.
Of course, it wouldn’t be easy to fill the gaps of a Malik Jackson or Danny Trevathan, but the defense is still loaded and Wade Phillips showed his great ability to plug guys in and play to their strengths. With an albeit small sample size, Brock showed he can help this team win. He has flaws that will limit the offense, no doubt.
Guys will have to step up (wide receivers not named Emmanuel Sanders) and Elway will have to find better guys to protect the QB. But right now the team is built on its defense and Brock is just good enough to win with this squad in Kubiak’s scheme. But again, a lot will have to do with how the market plays out for Brock. But hopefully he realizes he’s more valuable here than anywhere else in the league.
Free Agent to Sign:
If money wasn’t an object, a guy that would be great for the Broncos is Browns OT Mitchell Schwartz. Living in Cleveland I have the pleasure of watching the Browns almost every weekend and Schwartz is a guy that has had a meteoric rise to one of the better tackles in the league.
The Broncos OL really struggled until the playoffs where they miraculously showed some growth. But there wasn’t enough there to say that any guy is untouchable. Clady is seemingly always dealing with injuries and will be 30 in September.
I thought Sambrailo would be a better guard coming out of CSU. Ryan Harris would be a nice 3rd OT. Michael Schofield was a complete disaster for most of the year. Schwartz could come in right away and help both the run and pass games. Just for reference of how good Schwartz was last year, he held Super Bowl MVP Von Miller to zero sacks.
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