Why would the Broncos target a veteran wide receiver in free agency?
When Emmanuel Sanders got hurt and went down for the season, the makeup of the offense dramatically changed. The Broncos were unable to throw the ball with any regular success. They will have three guys hopefully taking steps forward this year in Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, and Tim Patrick, but are they going to completely bank on those guys?
Denver doesn’t need to go with a tier-one free agent at receiver. They could go after someone like John Brown of the Baltimore Ravens, who averaged 17 yards per catch this past season on just 42 grabs.
The biggest issue with Brown? He doesn’t catch a high percentage of his targets. He has caught less than 45 percent of his targets in each of the past three seasons.
The Broncos may look for someone who catches the ball at a higher rate.
Adam Humphries of the Buccaneers should get a nice contract, but it might not be anything too crazy. He has reeled in 73 percent of his targets over the past two seasons.
The Broncos could also monitor which players become cap casualties in the next couple of weeks.
Golden Tate is probably the top wide receiver on the market this offseason, but he will have a bunch of suitors.
There are a number of other free agent receivers like Pierre Garçon, Jamison Crowder, Donte Moncrief, or even some reclamation projects like Martavis Bryant, Kevin White, and Breshad Perriman available.
As a matter of fact, with the Broncos not necessarily in ‘desperate’ need here, a reclamation project might be exactly the way to go.
The smart money right now, though, is on John Brown coming over from the Ravens. He worked extremely well with Flacco and would give the Broncos an impressive quintet of receivers with all different types of skills and strengths.