5 Denver Broncos Who Shouldn’t Be Back in 2014
5 Denver Broncos Players Who Should Not Return in 2014
Not every player can stay on for the long run.
With the offseason in the NFL set to begin as soon as the Denver Broncos finish playing in the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks, there are going to be some questions that the front office needs to answer. Which players have played well enough to stay with the team and which players did not earn a roster spot going into training camp? With the season that the Broncos have had, it will be very challenging to simply release players from the team, but in order to make improvements in the team, some will have to go.
Give credit to the Broncos for making it this far. Early in the season, they were one of the teams who analysts predicted could get to the Super Bowl, and they did not disappoint. It looked rough at first when key players went down with injuries as the season rolled along, but the coaching staff and the front office were able to make the adjustments needed to keep the team rolling.
Some players have had phenomenal seasons that have given the team a positive impact on their journey towards the big game. Some players have had little impact or have made too many mistakes to limit their playing time. In the end it will all come down to the evaluation of the time they have spent playing and what impact they can make going forward.
With that said, here are the five players I believe the Broncos should release before the 2014 season.
5. Sione Fua
A defensive lineman for the Broncos, Sione Fua has been a non-factor all season long. Of course when players like Terrance Knighton and Robert Ayers are in front of you in the lineup it's really hard to compete. He has not done a lot this season and should be let go.
4. Stewart Bradley
Stewart Bradley was placed on IR earlier in the season. He has been injury-prone for most of his career and looks like that did not change this season. With many talented linebackers already playing for the Broncos, his time in Denver should be short-lived.
3. Joel Dreessen
Joel Dreessen saw his snaps limited this season due to the emergence of Julius Thomas. He used to be the tandem with Jacob Tamme for the Broncos, and now that Thomas has emerged as a playmaker and an X-Factor, I do not see Dreessen staying for very long. He could definitely be of help for another team, however.
2. Quentin Jammer
The Broncos signed him just this past offseason. He was brought in because of his abilities as a corner but has fallen off the grid, especially since he is not as strong as he once was. He was beaten in coverage multiple times this season and his performance towards the end of the year -- especially in the Divisional Round -- could lead to Quentin Jammer seeing the door.
1. Ronnie Hillman
There are many reasons as to why Ronnie Hillman should be released. He was quite the player last season but has had a disappointing 2013 season. The emergence of Montee Ball has not helped his case, but the ultimate dagger is his fumbling problem, especially in close games. The fumble against the Indianapolis Colts that could have been a spark for the Broncos was the final straw as Hillman saw limited action the rest of the season. I do not see Hillman returning for the Broncos.