8 NFL Free Agents That Could Make A Huge Impact For The Denver Broncos In 2013
2013 NFL Free Agency
The Denver Broncos finished up the 2012 NFL season with an overall great performance, but fell short of their goal and their potential, losing in the AFC divisional round to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
The Broncos brought in QB Peyton Manning last season to go along with an already talented roster. Heading into 2013, the Broncos are solid everywhere but there are still a few positions that could use a veteran leader to assure the Broncos rise to the top.
The Broncos are solid at running back, but lack the presence of a powerful short-yardage back.
Tight end is another position that could use some help. The Broncos primarily used Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme at tight end and they were serviceable, but neither of them were a top notch option and there are a couple that may be better available in free agency.
The Broncos could also use a true slot receiver to go with their great duo on the outside of Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. There are a couple receivers out there that would fit right in and be a perfect slot for Manning.
The Broncos defense could also use a veteran player at a couple key positions such as middle linebacker and safety. They could also use a great all-around defensive lineman that can rush the passer and play the run.
The Broncos will start out this season as one of the top three teams in the power rankings and maybe even get the top spot, but in order to meet those expectations the Broncos may want to shore up a hole or two with a star player in free agency.
RB Peyton Hillis
Peyton Hills would be a great compliment to Willis McGahee or even Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman. The Broncos have plenty of solid backs, but none of them has a knack for getting short yardage except McGahee.
Hillis would be a perfect fit because he can grind out short yardage, pass protect for Manning, and is excellent at catching passes out of the back field.
WR Danny Amedola
Can you imagine Manning throwing to Thomas, Decker and Danny Amendola out of the slot? Wow!
Amedola has very good quickness, sure hands and is as good as any receiver working the slots and the chains. He had 63 receptions for 666 yards in only 11 games last season.
If the Broncos have any chance to grab this guy, they should make it a priority to get him. I imagine the St. Louis Rams will do all they can to keep him, but you never know.
TE Jared Cook
Jared Cook is a big, athletic pass-catching tight end and the Tennessee Titans have yet to get him involved as much as he needs to be in the passing game and he may decide to leave them because of this issue. If he does, the Broncos and Manning could surely get Cook to perform up to his potential.
The Titans were only able to make Cook the 24th most targeted tight end in the NFL in 2012, but with only few targets he was still able to catch 44 passes for 523 yards and four touchdowns on 77 targets.
He could be huge in the Broncos' offense because he would get as many or more targets and Manning would help make better use of those targets and be more productive from those targets.
The Broncos need either an improvement in the slot or at tight end and either Amendola or Cook would help tremendously.
TE Brandon Myers
Brandon Myers posted great numbers for a tight end in the Oakland Raiders' offense with 79 receptions for 806 yards and four touchdowns. He's above average in the blocking game and the passing game, so if the Broncos can't bring in Cook or land a top draft pick at tight end, I could see them making a move for Myers.
DE Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson would be a huge land for the Broncos if they were able to get him through free agency. He is massavie for an end at 6'7" and 270 lbs.
Johnson is great against the run and pass; he racked up 52 tackles, 11.5 sacks and forced one fumble in 2012. Johnson would fit in nicely with Elvis Dumervil, Derek Wolfe and Justin Bannan or Kevin Vickerson on the Broncos' defensive line.
Can you image a defensive front that sends Dumervil and Johnson off the edges and has Von Miller and Wesley Woodyard outside of them?
LB Brian Urlacher
Brian Urlacher has been the center stone for the Chicago Bears and likely will not play for another team, but if the Bears somehow let him slip away, the Broncos could use his presence in the middle of their defense.
Urlacher is 34 years old, but still has a couple of productive seasons left in his tank. He's very capable of a 100-tackle season and he usually adds three to five sacks, interceptions and forced fumbles.
The Broncos need a stud middle linebacker via free agency or the 2013 NFL Draft and Urlacher would be a perfect fit for the next year or two while a draft pick gets broken in.
DB Charles Woodson
Charles Woodson is an all-around athlete who can play corner or safety. He's great in coverage and against the run and can also put pressure on the quarterback as a pass rusher.
Woodson only played in seven games last season as a safety, but managed 38 tackles, 1.5 sack, one interception and one forced fumble. When Woodson plays a full season, his numbers are usually around the 75-tackle, three-sack, five-interception mark.
Woodson is aging, but he would be an immediate leader and impact player for any team. The Broncos could use him to help with younger defensive backs and perhaps take over for the under performing Mike Adams.
S William Moore
If the Broncos could land William Moore it would be huge. This guy is in his prime at age 27 and has many Pro Bowls ahead of him.
In just 12 games last season, Moore was able to record 75 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and four interceptions. Needless to say, he has a knack for finding the ball and is a big hitter.
The Atlanta Falcons would be crazy to let him go, but sometimes it doesn't work out and if it doesn't, the Broncos should jump all over this guy.
Denver is just a couple of solid free agents and draft picks away from being on top of the NFL for a long time. If they can just make the right choices, the Broncos could see Manning end his career in similar fashion to the John Elway did.
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