The Denver Broncos should be in the market for linebacker help, and Kyle Van Noy fits the bill.
Less than one year after signing a four-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, Van Noy was released by the team in a cost-cutting move. He is free to sign wherever he would like now and could do so immediately.
Van Noy, once a second-round pick out of BYU, has put together a solid career. He has played for three different teams but was especially effective with the New England Patriots as a member of a team that won two Super Bowls.
Looking to upgrade the linebacker position, the Broncos could have some interest in the soon-to-be 30-year old.
Though Van Noy will never be the dominant pass-rusher that Von Miller once was, he could be a potential replacement for him if the Broncos choose to move on from Miller. Though Van Noy was let go by Miami, it wasn’t a performance-based decision as he had six sacks in 14 games.
For his career, Van Noy has 468 total tackles, 23.5 sacks, two interceptions and eight forced fumbles. He would be much cheaper than Miller and could become an even more effective overall linebacker under the tutelage of Vic Fangio.
The team obviously must decide which direction it is going to go in as it relates to Miller. That decision could be sped up if the Broncos want Van Noy, as any team could sign him now since he was released.
Miller is still an elite player, but is he worth the big money that he is due in 2021 after coming off a season-ending injury? That could be the toughest decision George Paton faces all year.
If the decision is to move on from Von, the addition of Van Noy makes plenty of sense.