This is perhaps the worst move the Denver Broncos did not make during the free agency period.
Reports have surfaced that the Miami Dolphins and running back Knowshon Moreno have agreed to a one-year deal worth $3 million. This gives the Dolphins a solid veteran for the 2014 season. This move exposes to Broncos fans that the team is ready to give second-year back Montee Ball the reigns. However, I believe that this is perhaps the first free agency move that the Broncos did not make in which they ended up failing.
I understand that he has a history of injuries and he was not productive in his first couple years with the team, but there are many reasons as to why I believe the Broncos failed with letting Moreno go. First off, I have stated in a previous article that I do not believe Ball is ready to carry the torch just yet. I believe maybe next year he will be, but not now. Moreno was a weapon for Peyton Manning because of his abilities to block pass rushers, carry the ball and even catch passes from the future Hall of Famer. He was perhaps the most valuable player to Manning. Ball has a lot of developing to do still as far as pass protection goes.
Another reason why the Broncos failed is the lack of veteran presence that they have behind the second-year back in Ball. The only two running backs behind him who saw time last year are C.J. Anderson, who could have a good career but I have yet to see anything amazing from, and Ronnie Hillman, who I don’t even consider worth talking about.
If the Broncos are serious about making Ball the starting running back, then the least they can do is sign a veteran to back him up. To be perfectly honest, I don’t trust the running backs that the Broncos have if Ball were to get injured. For a team that has made such huge moves in the past few years in free agency, this is perhaps the one move that they did not make where the team has failed.