Denver Broncos free agent options if Von Miller is not back

Possible Denver Broncos free agent target Bud Dupree. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Possible Denver Broncos free agent target Bud Dupree. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Trey Hendrickson, Denver Broncos
Trey Hendrickson, possible Denver Broncos 2021 FA target. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Denver Broncos possible FA targets if Von Miller leaves

Trey Hendrickson, Saints (age 26)

In the compensatory range of the third round (103rd overall) the New Orleans Saints built upon what will (and should) go down as one of the best drafts in the last 20-30 years by selecting pass rusher Trey Hendrickson.

Hendrickson was a rotational player through his first three NFL seasons before blowing up in year four to the tune of 13.5 sacks, 33 total pressures, and 25 quarterback hits along with 12 tackles for loss.

Is Hendrickson a scheme fit for Vic Fangio’s defense? If the Denver Broncos believe he can be, they should buy into Hendrickson’s potential. He would be an exciting free agent pickup for any team.

Jadeveon Clowney, Titans (age 28)

The Denver Broncos could have signed Jadeveon Clowney this past year when Von Miller went down with injury, but they opted against it. Clowney’s scheme and positional versatility would make him a very intriguing dart throw this offseason.

He has just three sacks in his last 21 games including zero sacks with the Titans this past year.

Ryan Kerrigan, Washington Football Team (age 32)

If the Broncos are looking for a one-year patch at the position, they could do worse than Ryan Kerrigan. Kerrigan came into the NFL the same year as Von Miller and has been very productive out in Washington, averaging 10 sacks and three forced fumbles per 16 games.

Justin Houston, Colts (age 32)

The former Kansas City Chiefs star might be ring chasing at this stage of his career. He’s been one of the most productive pass rushers in the NFL over the last decade.

Takk McKinley, Raiders (age 25)

Although things clearly did not work out for him in Atlanta, McKinley is a young former first-round draft choice whose upside remains.

He never played more than 57 percent of Atlanta’s defensive snaps in a given season and still managed 38 QB hits, 16.5 sacks, and 21 tackles for loss.