Brad James- Staff Writer
Bronco Player to Re-Sign:
With free agency descending upon us swiftly, the Broncos, like all teams in the NFL, have various decisions to make which will force general manager/vice president of football operations John Elway, to make some difficult decisions.
To start things off, I advocate for the Broncos to keep inside linebacker Danny Trevathan although he will command a great sum on the open market and is the type of player that can fit with virtually any team in the NFL.
Trevathan, a 6’0″ 237-pounder, entering what would be his fifth NFL season as a sixth-rounder out of Kentucky, is slight of build by NFL standards but is as important as any other Broncos defender in bringing the franchise its third Super Bowl title.
Trevathan, of course, recovered two fumbles in the 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers February 7, each of which kept momentum with the Broncos when the Panthers appeared to be on the cusp of seizing control.
In his career, he has started 32 games, posted five interceptions, defensed 19 passes and posted 208 tackles. He overcomes his lack of size with grit, heart and tenacity. Incidentally, he reminds me of myself in high school except he was good enough to play in the NFL and while I am a pragmatic journalist, I secretly cheer for him every time he does something good.
If, for nothing else, I’d love to see him remain a Bronco because he’s so likable and always gives it everything he has. You can win championships with players like Trevathan as the Broncos have, of course, proven.
Free Agent to sign:
As for my pending free agent from another team whom I believe to be a great fit with the Broncos: I give you Detroit Lions safety Isa Abdul-Quddus. Abdul-Quddus, a five-year veteran out of Fordham, first came into the NFL with the New Orleans Saints in 2011.
While he was generally unspectacular with the Saints, he came to the Lions in 2014 and 2015 was his true coming-out party although I believe the best is yet to come.
The 6’1″ 200-pounder had 6 passes defensed and one sack and he is a product of my NFL Game Pass obsession. I am not as excellent at breaking down film as the likes of NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, but whenever I watch the Lions, I see Abdul-Quddus flying around and making plays.
Now that he knows how to play well at the NFL level, I expect him to only get better and if the Broncos don’t bring David Bruton back to the fold, as he is also an unrestricted free agent, Abdul-Quddus could step right in and excel on special teams as well as he did in Detroit.
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