Denver Broncos: 5 things that would underwhelm in free agency
4. Spending big money on a slot receiver
I like Adam Humphries as much as the next guy. I think he’s done a tremendous job while also flying under the radar as a former undrafted player with the Buccaneers.
He’s really developed into a nice player.
I also like Golden Tate and think he’s a very good player.
There are a number of intriguing slot guys on this year’s free agent market, but I’m sorry to say that if the Broncos overpay for one it would be one of the most underwhelming things they could do.
There is a rumor floating around that Humphries’ name came up in connection with the Broncos a couple of times at the Scouting Combine. Considering he’s looking to make at least $8 million per season, this is not great news for Denver.
The Broncos need a vertical threat at receiver, and they could get that in the form of John Brown (and depending on the money, that’s also potentially a very underwhelming move), or they could get someone in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Emmanuel Sanders is recovering from an Achilles injury that really exposed the Broncos’ need for a veteran player to take pressure off of the young receivers in the building.
Bringing in a high-priced slot would potentially take away reps from DaeSean Hamilton, and limit the Broncos’ ability to utilize their cap resources at other positions.
I would not be a fan of that.
The Broncos need a speedy outside receiver, not a possession receiver who plays the slot.
Further, if signing a guy like Humphries would result in the release or trade of Emmanuel Sanders? Even worse.