Had it not been for an absolute lapse in concentration by Safety Rahim Moore and the entire Denver Broncos secondary Peyton Manning could’ve played in Super Bowl XLVII. However, the 2012 Broncos bowed out in the first round this year and they must use the offseason to retool at a cornerback position that definitely needs it.
Brent Grimes is the most interesting name on the NFL free agent market in terms of cornerbacks as he has six years of experience in the Atlanta Falcons secondary and has seen it all. Bringing in a veteran who is still 29-years-old would pay dividends for a Broncos team that doesn’t have much of a window with Manning set to hang up the cleats in a few seasons.
Perhaps it was a result of a weak schedule but the Broncos were second in the league allowing just 290.8 yards per game in 2012. That didn’t stop Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens from carving up Denver’s secondary and exposing the 34-year-old Champ Bailey en route to the Super Bowl.
Even though he only played in 52 snaps last year as he tore his Achilles early on Grimes can still make a difference. He will likely take a pretty minimal contract in 2013 to prove teams the injury hasn’t held him back which is perfect for the Broncos. It is definitely worth it as Grimes was dominant two seasons ago letting only 25 completions and holding opposing Quarterbacks to a rating of 62.9 rating when throwing his way.
John Elway is known for making the big move and with Ryan Clady already getting the franchise tag the team needs to address the corner back position with someone who has shown his worth at the NFL level.