Deciding what to do with each of Broncos' in-house free agents

  • Lloyd Cushenberry could be in line for a nice pay day
  • Big decisions loom at inside linebacker
  • Several former Saints players are in line to hit the open market

Oct 12, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Denver Broncos center Lloyd Cushenberry (79) lines up against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Oct 12, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Denver Broncos center Lloyd Cushenberry (79) lines up against the Kansas City Chiefs. / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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P.J. Locke, Denver Broncos
Dec 24, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos safety P.J. Locke (6) tackles New England wide receiver Demario Douglas. / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

P.J. Locke, Safety

With a season-ending injury suffered by Caden Sterns in Week 1 and not one but two suspensions to veteran Kareem Jackson, the Broncos were forced to turn to P.J. Locke this season as a starter despite him being mainly a special teams guy his entire career.

Locke responded well coming up with 53 total tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception. That interception sealed a big win over the Green Bay Packers.

The Broncos need major help at the safety position. Justin Simmons is the only sure thing they have. Sterns will have to come back from a torn patellar tendon and both Delarrin Turner-Yell and JL Skinner are big question marks.

Of all the players the team should re-sign on this list, the decision to bring Locke back might be the easiest one. He has shown he can step into the starting lineup and be a player that the team can count on and he still offers the ability to be a special teams ace.

Hopefully, the team can do that affordably and avoid getting into a bidding war with another team.

Next. 4-Step Plan. 4-step plan to get Broncos exactly what they need. dark

Decision: Re-sign Locke to a new, multi-year deal