The Broncos still have cap space and plenty of time to work out a variety of contracts. Free agency doesn’t even officially open until Wednesday, so some players who are coming in the second wave will wait and actually take visits to teams, but that’s not always necessary.
There are big-name players still available who could help the Broncos, and one player who would be really intriguing is safety Earl Thomas. Earl Thomas is one of the best safeties to ever play the game. Even coming off of injury, he’s worth the lofty price tag he’s asking from teams.
Here’s my thinking on this situation.
If the Broncos were interested in Adrian Amos (yes, I realize he is a strong safety, not a free safety like Thomas), why would they not be interested in the former Seahawks star?
The point being, if you were willing to pay upwards of $9-10 million for Amos annually, is the margin between him and Thomas so significant that you wouldn’t just take the better player?
I’ve been of the opinion this whole offseason that the safety position is not really a necessity for the Broncos anyway, but if you’re going to go big, go big.
If not Earl Thomas, the Broncos still could look into re-signing Paradis, at which point the offensive line would be solidified for the foreseeable future.
Though re-signing Paradis would not be the most glamorous move considering they spent about $13 million/year on Ja’Wuan James, it would be a wise move for Denver.
The Broncos also have needs on offense at tight end and wide receiver, where they need a blocker and vertical threat respectively.
Defensively, would anyone blame Denver for signing another cornerback after last year?
The Broncos could also be in the market for linebackers and defensive linemen.