The Denver Broncos are set to make a splash on the free agent market, but what kind of big moves can we expect from John Elway and company?
1. Calais Campbell, DE, Cardinals
There may be no better free agent pickup for the Denver Broncos defensively than Denver native Calais Campbell. We identified him as a free agent fit prior to the hiring of Vance Joseph as head coach, but as Joseph stated, the system will fit the players, not the other way around.
Campbell is an elite defensive end, perfect for a 3-4 alignment. If the plan is for the Broncos to continue where Wade Phillips left off with Joe Woods’ flavor added to everything, I see no reason why this marriage couldn’t work. Campbell would be returning to his home state and would be able to play a key leadership role that could be vacated by DeMarcus Ware, who is a free agent this offseason.
Just 30 years of age, Campbell is playing at an incredibly high level. One area where the Broncos were seriously lacking this past season was at the defensive end position opposite Derek Wolfe, and there could be some growing concerns over Wolfe’s long-term health.
Campbell would be exactly the type of free agent acquisition John Elway loves to make. He’s not ‘old’ by any means, but he also won’t likely cost as much on the open market as some of the other big-name defensive players. At a reasonable price for his ability, still getting paid like a star, the Broncos would be wise to make the investment in this elite defensive lineman who could beef up an area that sorely missed Malik Jackson this past season.