The Denver Broncos have been suspiciously quiet in the days leading up to free agency, and that tells me that something is up. The only news that has come out in recent weeks is about the team’s desire to reduce the salary of defensive end, Elvis Dumervil.
They have also placed the franchise tag on Ryan Clady and are expected to release or trade some other veterans in the coming days to clear more cap space before Tuesday. What does all of this mean?
It could mean nothing, but I believe John Elway and the Broncos are positioning themselves for a run at New York Jets star cornerback, Darrelle Revis. Even figuring in what the team will have to pay Clady, the Broncos will have plenty of salary cap room. Keep in mind that just because they might be trying to get Revis doesn’t mean they will be successful; the deal has to work for both sides.
In the two years that Elway has been in charge of the Broncos, we have learned a few things about him but two stand out. One, he wants to win now and the presence of Peyton Manning has only fueled that desire. Two, Elway firmly believes that you have to be able to cover people to win in today’s NFL.
The Broncos were a very good to great in the secondary before the playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but they were somewhat exposed in that game. After the Broncos lost to the New England Patriots in the playoffs in January of 2012, Elway said they had to be better when teams spread them out. For the most part, that goal was accomplished but it ended about three weeks too soon.
Now Elway sees a chance to add arguably the best cornerback in football and improve the one area that most concerns him. Adding Revis would bring risks, but Elway has shown a willingness to take on such risks if it improves the Broncos chances of winning a Super Bowl. If they were able to add Revis, the Broncos would be loaded with four cornerbacks who can cover. In addition to Revis, the team would feature Champ Bailey, Chris Harris and Tony Carter. Even in a passing league, that would be a difficult secondary to throw on.
Elway is also well aware of the fact that his window with Manning as his quarterback is a short one, and he is going to do everything in his power to put the best team possible on the field.
In the end, I still think it is a long shot that Revis ends up in orange and blue, but I do believe the Broncos are going to make a run. One thing is for sure, whether it is Revis or not, the Broncos are going to be players when free agency opens next Tuesday.
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