Denver Broncos: 3 players who benefitted most from free agency

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Denver Broncos, Nick Vannett
Nick Vannett, Denver Broncos TE. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

No. 2: Tight End Albert Okwuegbunam

Albert Okwuegbunam was beginning to become a threat for the offense in 2020 as his connection with his former college teammate Drew Lock became stronger as the season wore on.

Okwuegbunam suffered a season-ending injury in the middle of the season, and hopefully should be good to go for the 2021 season.

A good sign for the team and Okwuegbunam was the release of tight end Nick Vannett. Vannett’s release indicates Okwuegbunam’s injury must be healing ahead of schedule as no other veteran was added to the roster that may push him for TE2, behind Noah Fant.

Even if the Broncos add a TE in the draft or later in free agency, the likelihood that player can challenge Okwuegbunam and his role should continue to expand. With those opportunities, look for Okwuegunam to get more and more playing time as the team found success last season with 2-tight end looks.

As an inline player or seeing action out of the slot, Okwuegbunam should get plenty of matchup opportunities in the red zone and could become a real force in 2021.