Free Agent Signings
Kareem Jackson, CB, Houston Texans (age 30)
Contract: 3 years, $33 million (2019 cap hit: $6 million)
The Broncos knew they had to improve their secondary this offseason, specifically at cornerback, and they added one of the toughest in the game.
Jackson is coming off of a very strong season with the Texans, and gives the Broncos a fast, physical, aggressive stud who can play outside corner, slot, or safety in Vic Fangio’s scheme.
Ja’Wuan James, OT, Miami Dolphins (age 26)
Contract: 4 years, $51 million (2019 cap hit: $8 million)
On offense, the Broncos’ biggest need was at quarterback, but a close second was right tackle.
Jared Veldheer and Billy Turner were both unrestricted free agents and the Broncos had no young player in place to take their spot this season.
Ja’Wuan James was an absolute necessity, and after trying to acquire him via trade last year, the Broncos finally landed him on a record-breaking deal for right tackles.
Bryce Callahan, NCB, Chicago Bears (age 27)
Contract: 3 years, $21 million (2019 cap hit: $4.24 million)
Everyone assumed Vic Fangio’s connection to a couple of Chicago Bears free agents would pay off, and I think the Broncos made the right choice by bringing in Bryce Callahan over safety Adrian Amos.
Callahan is one of the best slot corners in the game, and allows Denver to utilize Chris Harris Jr. on the outside more often, which is something he’s expressed a desire to do.
For the price Denver paid, they got a steal in Callahan, a former UDFA just like Harris who has played all four of his years in the NFL under Fangio and Ed Donatell.