Heading into the start of the 2013 regular season, the Denver Broncos will be under enormous pressure to not only do well, but also win the Super Bowl. The team was built to textbook-standards on every aspect of the game, and vice president John Elway feels that this is the year to get it done.
With that being said, Denver must look at this season as Super Bowl or bust.
Due to a conflicting schedule arrangement between the Super Bowl Champions Baltimore Ravens and neighboring Baltimore Orioles, the Broncos get to host the NFL’s first regular season game, at home, in a rematch with their rivals.
Last season, the Ravens brought the Broncos 11-game win streak to a screeching halt and sent them packing.
Now only four months until the start of the regular season, there are still lingering issues with this team, and it may be best for the Broncos to look to free agency to fill those needs.
Unlike most years, there are a lot of big names still available on the market. As mentioned in one of my previous articles, pass rushers John Abraham and Dwight Freeney have both failed to be scooped up by any team, and either one would make a viable option for Denver’s defense.
Never shying away from the spotlight, it would not be surprising if the Broncos begin to show some interest in former Green Bay Packers player Charles Woodson. The Packers cut the eight-time Pro Bowler after seven seasons in February.
Although the Broncos are currently content with their cornerback situation right now, adding Woodson at the right price would only upgrade their situation.
Within the first few days of the free agency period, the Broncos picked up cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to play opposite Champ Bailey. Besides Rodgers-Cromartie, Denver also drafted Kayvon Webster out of South Florida to add even more youth to their secondary.
By adding Woodson to the roster, the Broncos would not only get one of the elite players in the game (if he’s healthy), but also a loud and positive leadership voice in the locker room.
I can see a scenario where Woodson and Bailey would have a rotation cycle throughout the game. Since Bailey played ineffectively during the playoffs, his aging traits are beginning to show. By providing some relief, especially with a big-name player like Woodson, the situation might work well for the upcoming season.