Denver Broncos: Defensive linemen team could still sign after losing out on big names
If your expectations were that the Denver Broncos would sign one or maybe even two defensive linemen in the early wave of the free-agent signing period, it’s likely you’re a bit disappointed right now.
The Broncos appear to have a gaping hole where you don’t want to have a gaping hole on an NFL roster — all along the defensive line.
The team entered the offseason with many of its own defensive linemen set to become unrestricted free agents and the buzz was that guys like Shelby Harris and Derek Wolfe may be playing elsewhere next season.
The team was then connected to many talented defensive linemen as the talk of free agency began to get revved up. Unfortunately, the team has not been able to bring any of them in.
D.J. Reader: Coming off a solid 2019 campaign, many saw the massive defensive tackle as a perfect fit in Denver. Reports began to surface on Tuesday that the Broncos were close to a deal with the player many fans would have all but guaranteed that they would sign.
Just moments after those reports came out, literally, he signed a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Jarran Reed: A former second-round pick, Reed was seen as a great consolation prize should the Broncos not be able to land a guy like Reader. The Seahawks re-signed him to take that idea off the board.
Jordan Phillips: I argued that Phillips might be a more sensible signing than Reader and the Broncos should strongly consider him. Instead, the Arizona Cardinals signed him to a reported three-year, $30 million deal.
Quinton Jefferson: Another player that some saw as a nice fit for the Broncos is expected to sign a deal with the Buffalo Bills.
As you can see, some of the desired names are gone and frustration is mounting among Broncos fans as the team seemingly sits idly by while other teams get their players. But we must believe there is a plan in place.
Hope is not all lost. Here are some defensive linemen the Broncos can still bring in.