5 Free Agents the Denver Broncos Could Still Add
The Denver Broncos have come a long way from the 2011 incarnation of the team where Tim Tebow chucked and ducked the team into playoffs and a first round victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers over the past few seasons. At the conclusion of the season, Executive Vice President of Football Operations, John Elway, shipped Tebow to the New York Jets for draft picks due to the franchise being extremely fortunate in winning last offseason's Peyton Manning sweepstakes. With the four-time league MVP in the fold, the Broncos went from being a .500 football team that backed its way into the playoffs in 2011, to a 13-3 team which earned them a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. However, despite the fact that the Manning led team exceeded their win total from the two previous seasons combined and also won their second consecutive AFC West division title, their postseason run was brief as the team was defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional round in a double-overtime thriller.
Since the end of the season and the start of the current NFL calendar year, the Broncos have been in the news for various reasons from the surprising free agent signing of Pro Bowl slot receiver Wes Welker away from the New England Patriots to the bizarre way in which Elvis Dumervil became an ex-Broncos outside linebacker (thanks fax machine). With the draft a thing of the past and training camps on the horizon, the organization needs to consider several more additions to the team's roster to ensure that the Broncos have a fighting chance to win one for Manning.
The 35 year-old veteran defensive end has a nose for both the quarterback and the ball as in the 2012 season he finished with ten sacks and six forced fumbles. If Manning is given the ball in great field position or for another series or two, more touchdowns will be put on the board.
The former seventh round draft pick out of Marshall University has played with a chip on his shoulder through his six year career. After being released by the New York Giants and with every NFL squad needing multiple running backs, the Broncos backfield may be the best landing spot for his skills and temperament.
Recently released by the Chicago Bears, the 302-pound Fluellen is a big body and a potential big nasty that can free up the Bronco exceptional linebackers. A fresh start with the possibility for more playing time may be the thing that turns Fluellen from a journeyman to a bonafide NFL defensive tackle.
Although the nine-year veteran has claimed to walked away from professional football, the 6'1” cornerback might be swayed back into the league with the knowledge that he'll be on a team led by the all-worldly Peyton Manning.
The former Heisman Trophy winner, NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl defensive back with 55 career interceptions and 719 tackles may be the veteran leadership that the Broncos need to make that jump from great team to elite.