According to multiple sources, former Broncos OLB Lerentee McCray has signed with the Green Bay Packers.
As the defending World Champions return to Dove Valley today to begin their off-season conditioning program, there will be a mix of returning players and fresh faces in the newly renovated Broncos locker room. One of the returning faces is freshly re-signed Safety, Shiloh Keo.
Keo, along with the majority of the returning roster, will welcome the new guys with open arms into the organization as they prepare to defend their World title agains the rest of the NFL.
As much as we love hearing about players re-signing with the team, it can sometimes be equally as stinging when a former player goes to another team. In this case, the player that is heading for “greener pastures” is OLB Lerentee McCray.
An UDFA out of Florida in 2013, McCray was a once promising talent that ended up taking a back seat to guys like Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware for the last few seasons. Injuries and inconsistent play resulted in McCray going undrafted, but he definitely has NFL talent. Despite the meager production (21 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble in 3 NFL seasons), I’m not surprised that he found another home in the NFL. Had he not had injury problems in college, he would have been drafted and a guy that many considered a possible starter at some point in the NFL.
The reason why he was on the Free Agent market? He was scheduled to be a Restricted Free Agent this off-season but the Broncos decided not to give him a tender, making him an Unrestricted Free Agent. This allowed him to test the open market like many other players this time of year.
As much as it would have been nice to get every piece from this stellar 2015 Defense back, guys like McCray are talented enough to carve out a larger role on an NFL roster and hopefully he gets that chance in Green Bay. Thanks for your time in Denver, Lerentee McCray. I wish you the best moving forward!