Free Agency Losses
Brandon Marshall, LB (Oakland Raiders)
Contract: 1 year, $4.1 million
The Broncos lost Marshall to their division rivals after declining his team option for the 2019 season. Marshall was a key piece of Denver’s Super Bowl 50 run and provided the team with an outstanding duo along with Danny Trevathan.
Matt Paradis, C (Carolina Panthers)
Contract: 3 years, $29.03 million
Paradis left Denver for the team he beat in the Super Bowl in his first year as an NFL starter.
One of the best centers in the game, Paradis left a gaping hole on the Broncos’ interior offensive line, one another former day three draft pick (Connor McGovern) will attempt to fill.
Bradley Roby, CB (Houston Texans)
Contract: 1 year, $10 million
Roby took a ‘prove it’ deal with the Texans on a contract that could help the Broncos net a late-round compensatory pick or two in 2020 (Roby’s $10 million cancels out the signing of Ja’Wuan James on the comp pick chart).
It’s tough to see a former first-rounder go, but Roby was far too inconsistent this past season and the Broncos had to move on.
Billy Turner, OL (Green Bay Packers)
Contract: 4 years, $28 million
Billy Turner was cut by the Dolphins midseason in 2016, and he revived his career with the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos were working hard to get him back but couldn’t make it happen. He signed with the Packers and got a great contract from them to be a starting guard or tackle.
Shaquil Barrett, OLB (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Contract: 1 year, $4 million
Barrett wanted a chance to be a starter somewhere else, and he took a crazy low contract to get it. Maybe this was all Barrett was getting from teams on the open market, but he’s going to a better situation than he had in Denver.
Hopefully Barrett can start on a full time basis under Todd Bowles in Tampa Bay and show the NFL world he’s a top edge player deserving of a big multi-year deal.
Max Garcia, OL (Arizona Cardinals)
Contract: 1 year, $2 million
The former fourth-round pick and starting left guard for the Broncos signed a modest deal to compete with the guys the Cardinals have on the interior offensive line.
Garcia can play either left guard or center, and he is reunited in Arizona with Sean Kugler, who was his position coach this past year in Denver.
Matt LaCosse, TE (New England Patriots)
Contract: 2 years, $2.8 million
The Broncos were ready to give Matt LaCosse a one-year deal but he opted for multi-year security with the Patriots instead.
Think about where LaCosse might be if all of Denver’s injuries at tight end had not occurred this past year.
The misfortune of Jeff Heuerman, Jake Butt, and Troy Fumagalli turned into a fortuitous opportunity for Matt LaCosse.
Tramaine Brock, CB (Arizona Cardinals)
I thought at least one player from last year’s unit would follow Vance Joseph to Arizona, and it turns out Brock is the guy.
Brock also worked with Joseph early in his 49ers days, so the familiarity helped get this deal done.
Brock played in 12 games for the Broncos last season.
Other notable unsigned free agents
S Darian Stewart
OT Jared Veldheer
DL Domata Peko
OLB Shane Ray