Today showed much activity on the Denver Broncos roster. Malik Jackson is headed to the Jaguars. Guard Louis Vasquez, tight end Owen Daniels and long-snapper Aaron Brewer were released. It is not doomsday for Broncos fans, but to many it is close.
Now, according to multiple reports, the Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons are the favorites to land versatile linebacker, Danny Trevathan from the Broncos. In my last article about Trevathan, I wrote that the Broncos faced an uphill battle in keeping him. Re-signing was a priority heading into free agency, but it appears it will not be returning for a fifth season with the Broncos.
Trevathan wore the Broncos uniform and excellence. He will make proud the team that acquires him. Denver fans were finally fortunate to see Trevathan play alongside fellow linebacker, Brandon Marshall, for a full season, which in the past was cut short due to injury. The two benefitted greatly from Wade Phillips’ aggressive style defense.
Broncos fans, there is good news. Linebacker is a deep position on the team. I told of a dark horse candidate to replace Trevathan. Zaire Anderson is not a name that will ring a bell to many Broncos fans, but come the 2o16 preseason he will make his name known. The most likely contender to fill Trevathan’s role is Todd Davis who trailed only Trevathan and Marshall in snaps played. Davis can stuff the run and play a physical style with sound coverage skills.
Corey Nelson is the third possible option on the current roster for the Broncos to replace Trevathan. He is a stronger pass rusher than Trevathan, but his coverage skills require more development. All three alternatives give the team options to fill the void left by Trevathan, unless he is miraculously retained by Denver.
The Broncos can also get their answer through free agency or the draft. The club has not made who they will target. An intriguing option for the team is Rolando McClain, who as a 26-year old free agent from the Dallas Cowboys, could give the team the same flexibility as Trevathan.
It was improbable the Broncos would be able to re-sign all of its free agents. However, the team should be confident in John Elway’s history to make the right decision in free agency and the draft. As the saying goes, in Elway, we trust.