Denver Broncos: One free agent target from each NFC team

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - JANUARY 09: Chandler Jones #55 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates after hitting Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at State Farm Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - JANUARY 09: Chandler Jones #55 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates after hitting Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at State Farm Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 26: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Austin Johnson #98 and Danny Shelton #75 of the New York Giants in action against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on September 26, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Falcons defeated the Giants 17-14. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Denver Broncos: Free agents from the NFC East

New York Giants – Danny Shelton, NT

Danny Shelton has bounced around the league since being drafted in 2015, and he hasn’t exactly lived up to being drafted 12th overall.

Shelton is good to miss a couple of games a season, but the 345-pound man excels at stuffing the run and is a space-eater.

Denver could look to release Mike Purcell and replace him with a younger and perhaps more effective option in Shelton.

Dallas Cowboys – Leighton Vander Esch, LB

Vander Esch was drafted in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft and made the Pro Bowl during his rookie campaign.

Since then, he has sort of fallen out of favor in Dallas, and even though he started 16 games this season, he played in a career-low 58% of defensive snaps, down from as high as 85% in his second season.

Vander Esch has good size and decent speed, and I think he’d have a chance to slide into Denver’s starting lineup for 2022.

Washington Commanders – Brandon Scherff, G

So, the issue with Brandon Scherff is he is often injured, but the five-time Pro Bowl guard is probably very best at his position, outside of Zack Martin.

Scherff is going to break the bank, even with his injury history.  He has not played a full season since 2016, but I think 11-14 games per year of Brandon Scherff is a better option than 17 games of someone like Dalton Risner or Graham Glasgow, right?

I ultimately do not think the Denver Broncos will sign Brandon Scherff, but the team has the money to do it.

Philadelphia Eagles – Ryan Kerrigan, DE

One of the more underrated players over the last decade has been Ryan Kerrigan.

The 33-year-old has made four Pro Bowls and has accumulated 95.5 total tackles in his career.  He has 4 seasons of 10+ sacks and is going to ring chase at this point of his career.

The veteran played in 16 games for the Eagles in 2021, but was largely a non-factor. Perhaps Kerrigan decides to sign elsewhere to get more playing time.  Denver might be able to offer that.

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