Denver Broncos: Quietly Winning Free Agency?
While the Denver Broncos figure out who the next quarterback will be they are quietly getting everything else in free agency right.
John Elway has proven that he has the ability to build a Super Bowl champion. You might say bringing in a future Hall of Fame quarterback was the key to winning it all, but was it really? Everyone knows that Super Bowl 50 was won by the defense, so maybe the Broncos are exactly where they need to be again.
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Have there been some departures? Of course, and some high-profile ship jumpers have left most fans scratching their heads. It doesn’t help when Malik Jackson voiced his questions about what Elway was doing. My response is this, Jackson should stick to playing, and let Elway do the building.
The Russell Okung signing could prove to be the best move in free agency. It was a cap friendly deal, and it gives Denver leverage in dealing with the often injured Ryan Clady. That feels like a win. Keeping CJ Anderson in the fold helps with consistency on offense. The offense was a work in progress in 2015. The work will continue, but winning a Super Bowl with a mediocre offense is not impossible.
If Elway and Gary Kubiak choose to role with Sanchez, I’ll sign on for that.
Losing Brock Osweiler was a shock. Was it the end of the world? Not even close. Osweiler has admitted not wanting to live in the shadow of Elway and Peyton Manning. Never heard Aaron Rodgers complain about something like that. The words Mark Sanchez may scare a lot of people. However, he did lead the New York Jets to two straight AFC Championship games. If Elway and Gary Kubiak choose to role with Sanchez, I’ll sign on for that.
Bear Goggles On
The salary cap is an issue. Restructuring DeMarcus Ware’s deal helped some, but the only thing that really matters right now is getting Von Miller signed to a long-term deal. Elway has won free agency in the past. It has brought the Broncos to this moment, as defending champions. Being on top means losing some guys, but Elway is showing that he can pick up the pieces and keep running.