Similar to how a teenage girl responds to a heart-breaking end to a relationship, the Denver Broncos are coping with their Super Bowl XLVIII defeat by splurging like you wouldn’t believe. Everyone knew that the Broncos would be major players for a few of the game’s top defenders this offseason, but Denver general manager John Elway truly opened his checkbook on Tuesday.
Just a few hours after adding hard-hitting safety T.J. Ward to the Broncos’ weak secondary, Elway decided to steal from the rival New England Patriots for a second straight offseason by signing All-Pro defensive back Aqib Talib to a six-year deal worth $57 million. The contract reportedly contains nearly $26 million in guaranteed money, which is the going rate for a 28-year-old cornerback.
Either way, Denver is shoving all of its chips into the middle of the table with no remorse. And hey, can you really blame Elway for being so active? You figure Peyton Manning has (at most) four great years left in the tank and then the Broncos will really be in a world of hurt. Moreover, it’s crucial that Denver capitalize on its window of opportunity, because as we saw with the New York Giants, Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons in 2013; that window doesn’t stay open forever.
At the end of the day: You have to tip your cap to Elway and company as Talib brings a nastiness to the Broncos’ secondary that has been missing for quite sometime. Let’s see in a few years if Denver regrets implementing this “all-in” mentality.