Early look into free agency: 5 players Broncos should target this offseason

  • Another option in the passing game at tight end must be considered
  • Patriots safety would pair well with Justin Simmons
  • Broncos should take a long look at elite pass-rusher

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Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings
Nov 27, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Danielle Hunter (99) warms / Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Danielle Hunter, EDGE, Minnesota Vikings

The Broncos need to look at adding more in the way of a pass-rusher this offseason and the team could hit a home run by bringing in Danielle Hunter, a player who Paton is familiar with from his days in Minnesota.

Hunter is the current league leader with 13.5 sacks. He is having a career year with the Vikings despite his name being tied to trade rumors earlier in the season. A former third-round pick out of LSU, he has spent his entire career with the Vikings.

The Broncos have some good pieces in Nik Bonitto and Jonathon Cooper but the team needs a guy who can be dominant and that would be Hunter.

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The Vikings may be inclined to keep him and if not, there will likely be a big market for his services, even at 29 years old. But the Broncos should see what it would take to get a deal done because this is the kind of player who can be a huge difference-maker for a defense.