Denver Broncos: Ranking team’s top 5 offseason needs

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With the start of free agency in the NFL  just over one month away, the Denver Broncos are bust laying out their strategy for the upcoming season.

New general manager George Paton will have to decide which of his own free agents to re-sign in addition to lining up some from around the league to pursue. So which direction should the Broncos go in?

The team has a lot of solid players, but it also hasn’t been to the postseason since winning Super Bowl 50. As a result, there are several holes on the roster as well.

The Broncos should be looking to bring in help at several different positions, those of which will be outlined here.  What are the Broncos’ biggest needs this offseason? We rank them in terms of importance here.

5. More pass-rushers

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Dec 22, 2019; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) in the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

Much of the team’s potential pass-rushing ability will hinge on what happens with Von Miller. The team holds a club option on his contract and could save nearly $18 million in cap space by letting the legendary linebacker go.

Most fans don’t even want to hear that thought, but because of the money, it’s a possibility that has to be discussed.

The Broncos have Bradley Chubb, fresh off a Pro-Bowl selection, and Malik Reed, who is really beginning to grow into his own. But pass-rushers are one of those things in the NFL that you really can’t have too many of, and with both DeMarcus Walker and Jeremiah Attaochu set to hit free agency, the Broncos should explore their options both in the draft and in free agency.

It would be quite the story of the Broncos could somehow talk Shaq Barrett into coming back, but that would cost a pretty penny and Barrett may not even be interested in a return after the team just moved on from him a couple of seasons ago.

The Broncos should re-sign either Walker or Attaochu and then select an edge rusher on day two of the draft or sign one in free agency.