Denver Broncos’ 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

Denver Broncos' 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

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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.

5. Not Cutting Joel Dreessen

Joel Dreessen
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5. Not Cutting Joel Dreessen

Joel Dreessen
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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.

4. Not Addressing Middle Linebacker in Free Agency

Wesley Woodard
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4. Not Addressing Middle Linebacker in Free Agency

Wesley Woodard
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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.

3. Aqib Talib's Contract

Aqib Talib
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3. Aqib Talib's Contract

Aqib Talib
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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.

2.Not Re-Structuring Champ Bailey's Contract

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2.Not Re-Structuring Champ Bailey's Contract

Champ Bailey
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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.

1. Letting Knowshon Moreno Sign with the Miami Dolphins

Knowshon Moreno
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1. Letting Knowshon Moreno Sign with the Miami Dolphins

Knowshon Moreno
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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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  • lady jane

    Tyler Waldon–I agree with absolutely everything you said…and I think those ‘mistakes’ will come back to haunt us. I am particularly shocked that Elway did not resign Moreno. With the strategy of having more ‘balance’ with passing and running offence this season, there will be even more pressure at that position. Alternating with Knowshon and Ball worked well, and Ball cannot do it alone. I would also have rewarded Knowshon’s work ethic and determination to up his game which he successfully managed to do. Also Knowshon was in a good groove from last season and I believe he would have carried the momentum through to this season. I know business is business and the NFL is not a charity for players who do not perform well, or are getting too old to contribute as they once did…but Knowshon was none of those things. Elway seems like a bit of a p*!&!!!k for getting rid of Knowshon AND especially Bailey. Bailey WAS prepared to change positions AND take a pay cut I heard, and apparently despite the fact that Elway was quoted as saying early on that his first line of business was to sit down with Bailey to see what he wanted to do, ends up being a bit of a lie, because apparently Elway didn’t sit down with Bailey. I would really like to know what went on there?? I would not want to see Elway become cut throat even if it means winning…because there is such a thing as jinxing a team. I would hate to see the Broncos have a jinx put in place because of heartless decisions by Elway. As we all know the Boston Red Sox were jinxed for a time. Laugh if you will, but you can’t mess with Karma.