15 worst free agent signings in Denver Broncos franchise history

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10. Kyle Fuller, CB (2021)

The Denver Broncos were poised to do everything they could to give Vic Fangio a shot at winning in the 2021 season. New general manager George Paton brought in a veteran QB to unseat Drew Lock in Teddy Bridgewater, and he also invested heavily in the secondary so Fangio's defense could hopefully get the better of the likes ot Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

One of the biggest moves the Broncos made in the 2021 offseason was signing cornerback Kyle Fuller to a one-year deal worth $9.5 million. Fuller had been a Pro Bowl player under Vic Fangio when the two were together in Chicago, so when the Bears made Fuller a salary cap casualty, the fit in Denver seemed to be a no-brainer.

The Broncos had assembled a pretty stellar secondary on the whole, at least when you looked at the group on paper. They had Fuller in the mix along with his former Bears teammate Bryce Callahan and new free agent pickup Ronald Darby. Then the team went and drafted Pat Surtain II out of Alabama. That secondary looked legendary on paper, but things don't always go the way you hope.

Fuller was expected to be the steadiest player of the bunch, at least early on, and he ended up being the worst. He was benched by Fangio in 2021 and ended up playing a bit of nickel corner later on in the season. The Broncos couldn't even trade Fuller to cornerback-needy teams at the deadline.

Fuller was at least available for 2021, playing in 16 games for the team, but he was on the wrong end of so many big plays for the opposing offense that year.