The Denver Broncos have some planning to do as they settle into the waiting period right before free agency begins in a couple weeks. As a team that went 13-3 in 2012, there really is not too many holes to be filled, but executive VP John Elway, head coach John Fox and the rest of his staff have a couple of tough decisions to make with current players. The biggest one in many eyes is whether or not RB Willis McGahee is the answer in 2013.
This is where RB Steven Jackson comes into the talks.
At 31-years old, McGahee is coming off a major injury, and because of his salary and age, he very well might become expendable. Add to that the fact Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman are smaller backs, and there is a need to add a bigger back that can also guard against the pass rush. Everyone in the Broncos organization knows the value of having an above-average running back that can be a game changer, and a leader towards the promised land.
Jackson, at 29-years old, is one of the best backs in the NFL, and might be just what the doctor ordered for the run that Broncos plan to make over the next couple years with Peyton Manning at the helm. Jackson is 6’2″, 240 lbs, and has the option of testing the free agent market by voiding his contract with the St. Louis Rams. This is a scenario where Jackson might realize he is not getting any younger, and might want to be part of a contender now, rather than never. But the decision must be made by Jackson first to enter free agency.
Since 2009, Jackson has played in 62 of 64 games for the Rams, and has accumulated eight straight 1,000 yard seasons. It would be a no-brainer for the Broncos to want to target Jackson, and now it seems as if the ball is in the running back’s court. McGahee has been a good addition to the Broncos, but he will be 32 in October, and will not be the type of game-breaking runner that Jackson could be behind their offensive line.
This is the type of move that could elevate the Broncos to that level they are trying to attain. With Manning under center, Jackson lining up behind him, and an addition of a better slot receiver, the Broncos could be downright scary in 2013. This may be only in the rumor mill, but after free agency begins, every Broncos fan should hope this becomes a reality.