By Tylor Walden on April 12, 2014
With the success that the Denver Broncos saw during the offseason, it is difficult to pinpoint places in which they made some mistakes. Working with a solid budget, they made some moves to improve their team, but failed to address some other areas. Looking at it in the long run, they could have benefited if they made those moves.
With that in mind, here are the five biggest offseason mistakes that I believe the Broncos have made so far.
With the big spending the Broncos did in the last month, they could have had more money had they released certain players. With the emergence of Julius Thomas, Virgil Green backing him up, and the rumors of the Broncos drafting a tight end, it would have made sense to release Joel Dreessen. He was almost a non-factor this year. They need to free up some space and cut him loose.
With the multiple free agency signings, I was shocked when the Broncos did not address the middle linebacker position. There were rumors that the team was looking at two players, but it seems that they never pulled the trigger. Now the team will have to look at the draft and perhaps rely on a young player to fill the role.
The Broncos were looking to upgrade at defensive back and they have a solid player in Aqib Talib. However, I feel like they paid him too much at six years and almost million. For a player who has an injury history, especially being knocked out of two straight AFC Championship Games, John Elway should have given it more thought.
Champ Bailey had an off year, having only played five games due to an injury, but I believe the team made a mistake for letting him go. There were rumors that he was willing to take a pay cut, but Elway did not budge and let a player of his caliber go. Why release a player who was willing to help you save money and was even willing to play a different position? This makes no sense to me.
Knowshon Moreno was one of the team's biggest players in 2013. I understand that it was his first solid year since being drafted, but at least give him a small deal so that he can prove himself. I am not comfortable with giving the reins to Montee Ball just yet, so unless it pays off, this was not a good move by the team.
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