Which free agents did the Denver Broncos miss out on?

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 6: La"u2019el Collins #71 of the Dallas Cowboys drops back to pass block during a game against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium on October 6, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 34-24. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 6: La"u2019el Collins #71 of the Dallas Cowboys drops back to pass block during a game against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium on October 6, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 34-24. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /
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Denver Broncos, Gerald Everett
Nov 29, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Gerald Everett (81) celebrates after scoring a touchdown with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) against the Washington Football Team at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

Gerald Everett

After trading away Noah Fant in the Wilson deal, the Broncos were left thin at tight end. Albert Okwuegbunam will be the team’s starter at the position, but a guy like Gerald Everett, who played with Wilson in Seattle, made a lot of sense for the team.

Instead, the Los Angeles Chargers ended up bringing Everett on a $12 million deal across two years. He will become another target for Justin Herbert and another player the Broncos have to worry about stopping, rather than one that can help them reach higher levels of success.

O.J. Howard

Another talented tight end who could blow up in a new setting is O.J. Howard, a guy who made a lot of sense coming out of college for the Broncos but was instead drafted by the Buccaneers.

He was available as a free agent this offseason, one that the Broncos could have taken a shot on, but instead, it was the Bills who swooped in and signed him to a one-year prove-it deal.

It’s easy to scoff at what Howard has done thus far in his career, but when you look at what the Broncos have behind Okwuegbunam, it’s easy to see that he would have been a better option.

As it stands now, if Okwuegbunam were to go down or struggle in Nathaniel Hackett’s offense, the team only has Eric Tomlinson and Shaun Beyer as the other tight ends on the roster.

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