Broncos free agents who should stay or go no matter who is head coach

Nov 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett (96) sacks Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) in the second quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett (96) sacks Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) in the second quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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DENVER, COLORADO – JANUARY 08: Melvin Gordon #25 of the Denver Broncos rushes against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High on January 8, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Broncos FAs Who Should not be Back, Regardless of Head Coach

1. Melvin Gordon, RB

Melvin Gordon is a soon to be 29-year-old running back approaching the back 9 of his career.

Gordon, who split carries evenly with Javonte Williams in 2021, should find a new team in 2022.

Many across Broncos Country think Melvin should be brought back due to his consistency and reliability to produce on offense.  However, running backs have a shorter shelf life in the NFL and typically begin to fall off as they approach 30 years old.

There is no need to re-sign Melvin Gordon.  Javonte Williams is a budding superstar and is plenty good enough to carry the load in Denver.

Also, Melvin Gordon has fumbling issues, it seems, so there’s another reason to not pay a 29-year-old running back.

2. Kyle Fuller, CB

The signing of Kyle Fuller for the Denver Broncos was initially a great one.  The Broncos assembled the best secondary in the NFL, and Fuller was a big reason for that.

However, it was clear that Fuller lost a step during his 2021 season, consistently getting burned on plays.

Kyle Fuller followed Vic Fangio to Denver, and I don’t see a reason to re-sign him, especially with the emergence of Patrick Surtain II.

Kyle Fuller probably signs wherever Vic Fangio ends up, and it obviously won’t be with Denver.

The Denver Broncos can add more cornerback depth via free agency and the draft.  Patrick Surtain II and Ronald Darby are going to be two starters, and hopefully Michael Ojemudia can come on strong in his third year.

The Broncos have always had a strong secondary, and I don’t doubt that George Paton will be able to fill those holes when they come.

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