Denver Broncos: Making the case for free agent Patrick Peterson

Possible Denver Broncos free agent pickup Patrick Peterson via USA TODAY NETWORK
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Bryce Callahan, Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos CB Bryce Callahan. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

Denver Broncos: Case for Patrick Peterson

Ripple effect for other players

Having a proven outside cornerback like Patrick Peterson would allow the Denver Broncos to utilize Bryce Callahan as a slot cornerback again, something they haven’t really been able to do since he signed to the team in 2019.

Callahan obviously couldn’t battle through a foot injury in 2019 and then was the team’s best corner in 2020, still playing in just 12 games.

Callahan proved in 2020 that he can still play at a very high level, and the Broncos have him under contract for one more season. The Broncos could still have Callahan at one of the outside cornerback positions in their base defense, but it might be better for his health if the team is able to use him as a nickel player 75 percent of the time or so.

Adding a player like Peterson helps everyone on the back end of the defense not only because of how it affects the rotation but because of the mentorship he could provide to younger guys.

Even if they were to sign Peterson, the Broncos would likely still be looking at cornerbacks early in the 2021 NFL Draft. Whatever player or players they would select there along with guys like Michael Ojemudia, Essang Bassey, and Parnell Motley could all greatly benefit from having a veteran like Peterson around.