The Denver Broncos have been aggressive in pursuit of their coaching staff. They should take the same approach to Free Agency.
I’m not saying the Denver Broncos will be aggressive in free agency just in adding a quarterback. The team’s intention seems to be keeping a championship window open. This paid dividends back in 2014, which laid the foundation to push the Broncos to the Super Bowl.
In the 2014 free agency period, the Broncos signed Aqib Talib, TJ Ward, DeMarcus Ware, and Emmanuel Sanders.
Only one remains with the team.
Sanders has dealt with a significant injury in back to back seasons. When he’s on the field, he changes the look of the offense. These types of free agency moves are hard to predict. Denver was close to signing Jared Allen instead of Ware, but at the last minute Elway pulled out to offer Ware a contract.
Something similar happened with Talib. Denver jostled the idea of acquiring Darrelle Revis and re-signing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie that season. Again, Elway balked and went big with Talib.
Two of these moves are staples of what became an impressive and historic team. It is also very hard to replicate. The Denver Broncos should do everything necessary to be that aggressive in NFL free agency again.
Which players Denver has interest in remains to be seen since we’re still waiting for the Super Bowl to be played. However, Denver is doing plenty of due diligence on draft prospects as well as free agents. Elway is not one to sit on his hands and let time go by and he does nothing.
If Elway has, in fact, done some soul searching understanding the offenses and way teams are evolving, then they need to change also. We are unsure of the targets Denver will focus on. But expect them to show interest in players that fit Vic Fangio’s scheme and team philosophy. The other main aspect of this piece is figuring out the needs of the team.
Quarterback, cornerback, inside linebacker, defensive line, tight end, and right tackle are just a few of the positions Denver should focus on. It seems like a long list, but some of the attention also turns to re-signing players with one-year left on current deals.
Chris Harris is of the utmost importance to retain. Center Matt Paradis is a free agent, but look for the Denver Broncos to sign him to a contract extension as well. Both players are higher up on the “honey-do list” than free agency, but once that’s all finished. The focus is squarely on additions and subtractions to the team.
When losing seasons occur on back-to-back years and a team misses the playoffs three straight times, everything is on the table. There will be some changes to the team and many new faces mixed in. It is the frustrating part of businesses. Sometimes you just have to cut a man loose. It is a harsh reality in the attempt to keep a team afloat.
Everyone in the front office knows the importance of maintaining competitive success and reaching playoffs/Super Bowls regularly. Free agency begins in March. Let’s see just how aggressive the Denver Broncos will be.