Denver Broncos: Possible free agent linebacker targets
If the Denver Broncos are looking to add some players to the linebacker position in free agency, here are some underrated options available.
Are the Denver Broncos going to look into upgrading the linebacker position in free agency in 2019?
I’m not so sure.
I previously wrote about the Broncos’ perceived need at linebacker, and I think it may be a bit overblown.
The Broncos’ top trio of linebackers from this past season was Brandon Marshall, Todd Davis, and Josey Jewell. Together, that combination was more effective in coverage than the duo of Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith in Chicago, at least statistically.
Chicago’s duo with Vic Fangio coaching them up allowed six touchdowns and had fewer snaps per reception allowed than Denver’s group, which allowed five touchdowns.
The Broncos trailed Chicago’s duo in quarterback rating allowed in coverage, which is the major edge the Bears’ duo has over the Broncos’ group.
The conclusion I came to from that article was that Denver’s secondary needed to be upgraded, not necessarily the linebacker spot, where I feel like Brandon Marshall, Todd Davis, Josey Jewell, and Joe Jones could really excel under Fangio, who has been a linebacker guru for three decades in the NFL.
Even though it’s no certainty the Broncos look at changing things up at the linebacker position, there’s no harm in exploring the options. We took a look at a dream offseason scenario where the Broncos added free agent linebacker CJ Mosley, but what if he’s unattainable? What if the team wants to spend half that price or even less?
Let’s take a look at some of the options that will be available to the Broncos in a loaded free agent class.