As the free agency period is set to begin tomorrow, the Denver Broncos have jumped out to a head start by signing DB/special teams player David Bruton to a three year contract today.
According to executive vice president John Elway‘s Twitter account, he announced that the Broncos are “thrilled we’ve agreed to terms on the re-signing of David Bruton to a 3-yr deal. One of NFL’s top special-teamers who adds depth at DB.”
This is a great signing for the Broncos as it secures one of the better special teams players the Broncos have had in years, along with being a player that is well-liked and respected in the locker room. Since Bruton came into the league with Denver in 2009, he has only missed three games and has been a special teams stalwart.
Also today, the Broncos announced that they have parted ways with LB D.J. Williams who has been with the team for nine years. Williams has had plenty of troubles over the years, but he is also very talented. This was the best move the Broncos could have made, as it opens up the opportunity for Nate Irving and Steven Johnson to vie for command of the middle linebacker position, and Wesley Woodyard to stay opposite Von Miller.
Losing Williams to suspension last season for 10 games due to off-field issues with the law, and the outstanding play of Woodyard made this move an easy one for the Broncos.
The Broncos have noted that both Irving and Johnson are getting the nod to prove themselves, but I still feel as if they will try to make a move in the draft to improve the position. One thing is for sure, as Elway begins to dump contracts, the feeling is that something big will be happening in Dove Valley in the next couple days.
Let’s just hope the offseason wish list for Broncos fans is filled out like a Christmas stocking. If that is the case, the 2013 NFL season will become one of much joy.
Broncos Side Note: The team has also released QB Caleb Hanie. Not a big surprise considering his only claim to fame in a Broncos uniform was having his name announced on the inactives list each week in 2012. Releasing both Williams and Hanie have now added about $7.25 million to the Broncos cap space.
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