Jared Crick wants to return to Denver Broncos in 2018

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 1: Defensive end Jared Crick
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 1: Defensive end Jared Crick /

Jared Crick, a free agent signing prior to the 2016 season, missed all of 2017 for the Broncos but wants to be back with the team in 2018…

The Denver Broncos have had quite a few tough injuries to deal with during the 2017 season, and one they had to deal with very early on was the loss of Jared Crick to a back injury.

Crick, a projected starter at right defensive end, had back surgery in September, ending his 2017 season and unfortunately for him, his contract year with the Broncos.

Formerly of the Houston Texans, Crick was brought in for his familiarity with Wade Phillips and defensive line coach Bill Kollar, and he had a decent 2016 season as a rusher but wasn’t great against the run.

To improve against the run, Crick added some weight to his frame and looked much stronger and ready for a full-time role, unlike the year prior.

Unfortunately, we never got to see how much he’d improved in regular season play. The Broncos’ depth on the defensive line is thankfully great, but Crick was obviously very well-liked and respected by this coaching staff to have been named the starter over someone like Adam Gotsis or Zach Kerr, who have both had breakout seasons.

With Crick’s contract expiring and his health improving, he’s looking forward to next season, which he hopes is with the Broncos…

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Re-signing Crick at a team-friendly price would be a wise move for the Broncos. You never know how many injuries are going to pile up on your defensive front seven, and this year was a prime example of that for the Broncos. They have, at one point or another, lost all of their starting defensive linemen due to injury (Derek Wolfe, Domata Peko, Crick) with both Wolfe and Crick landing on IR.

That should be all the evidence you need as to the importance of depth, but would it stunt the growth of the young players who have showed so well this year?

Crick would have to be brought back under the impression that, at best, he would be playing backup to Adam Gotsis going forward.

If that’s the case, he would be good depth for Denver and a veteran player capable of playing extensive snaps if needed.