5 Underrated Free Agents Denver Broncos Should Target This Offseason
5 Underrated Free Agents the Denver Broncos Should Target This Offseason
Let the planning for the 2014 NFL season begin.
The Denver Broncos, coming off a disappointing loss in Super Bowl XLVIII to the Seattle Seahawks, will look to answer some questions. What went wrong that prevented the Broncos from obtaining the ultimate goal of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy? What final holes does the team need to fill in order to complete the goal in 2014?
The Broncos are set to have 21 players hit free agency when the calendar hits March 11. Eighteen of them will become unrestricted free agents. There are also some big names who are hitting that market. Knowshon Moreno, Eric Decker, Shaun Phillips and Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie to name a few. That is a lot of money and the Broncos do not have a whole lot to spend. In fact, they only have about $12 million in cap space. While that may seem like a lot for a normal person, in the world of football, it is not a lot.
I believe the goal for the Broncos is to go cheap in free agency. Re-sign the players who performed well during the time they have been there or the ones that they could afford. Twenty-one agents will be meeting with the front office of the Broncos, which includes John Elway. Either the agents and their clients will be leaving with new deals or be looking elsewhere. And there is no doubt that the Broncos will be looking at free agents from other teams that can give them that boost.
With that in mind, here are five players I believe the Broncos should target this offseason who are flying under the radar. And let's hope the Broncos will get the papers to the league in time this year.
5. Rashad Jennings- Oakland Raiders
There are chances that Moreno will have a better offer elsewhere despite his performance for the Broncos in 2013. This is especially the case with the team looking to give Montee Ball extended time in the offense. Rashad Jennings served as Darren McFadden's backup until he emerged as a bright spot in the Oakland Raiders' offense. If Moreno gets a deal elsewhere, look for the Broncos to pursue Jennings as his speed and power could help the Broncos in the run game.
4. Ryan Clark- Pittsburgh Steelers
This could be an interesting situation for the Broncos. The only reason I could see this deal failing is due to Ryan Clark's sickle cell disease and playing in Broncos home games would be a problem for him. But he could provide a veteran presence if he ends up with the team. He has experience in the Super Bowl and could be the piece to help the secondary.
3. Captain Munnerlyn- Carolina Panthers
The secondary was an issue for the Broncos this season and I can see Captain Munnerlyn playing a huge part in the defense if he joins the Broncos. With Bailey aging and Chris Harris recovering from ACL surgery, Munnerlyn could be a great addition alongside Rodgers-Cromartie if he comes back.
2. Randy Starks- Miami Dolphins
The Broncos will be looking for a pass rusher in the offseason, and Randy Starks could provide that. Despite his age, he can still wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks. If the Miami Dolphins do not bring him back, I can see the Broncos looking his way.
1. Anquan Boldin- San Francisco 49ers
Anquan Boldin might be aging, but he is quite a reliable wideout. He does not drop a lot of passes and could be affordable for the Broncos. If Decker ends up walking, having Boldin and Demaryius Thomas on the same field could be dangerous. They can both catch and are tall receivers, making this challenging for secondaries. Plus Boldin has a ring, so his experience can be helpful.