Denver Broncos: John Elway’s top 5 worst free agents or trades
1. Donald Stephenson, 2016
Contract: Three years, $14 million
Following the Broncos’ 2015 Super Bowl run, the team signed Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson to attempt to ‘fix’ the offensive line situation that had developed.
Okung, as we read earlier on this list, was not a hit.
Stephenson was even worse, and unfortunately for him, he’s now out of the league.
Stephenson’s 36 hurries, 10 quarterback hits, four sacks, and 12 penalties in 13 games earned him the second-worst grade of any tackle according to Pro Football Focus, and he wasn’t much better in 2017 as a backup.
Stephenson’s 2016 campaign was so poor, he signed a revised contract with the Broncos which voided after the season in 2017. After becoming a free agent, he signed with the Cleveland Browns but didn’t end up even making it to training camp.
Stephenson retired from football and cemented his status as John Elway’s worst free agent signing since he came aboard in 2011.