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The Denver Broncos, the franchise that is known for its refusal to rebuild, suffered through a 5-11 season in 2017. For a team that had quite a bit of luck by making it to two Super Bowls in Peyton Manning’s final years, their luck finally ran out. So what did they do this offseason to bring it back?
First and foremost, the team’s biggest hole is and has been quarterback. To solve this, they signed free agent Case Keenum away from the Minnesota Vikings this offseason. Keenum had his best season to date in 2017, leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship game. The Broncos also added cornerback Tramaine Brock and linebacker Todd Davis in free agency. They also signed punter Marquette King, a very talented punter known for his antics, and released running back C.J. Anderson.
For the draft, by the time John Elway was done, he ended up with 10 selections. In round one they fixed a once great pass rush with defensive end Bradley Chubb from Georgia, a man who was on the top of a lot of people’s draft boards. In round two they got a steal with wide receiver Courtland Sutton from SMU, another guy who had a mid-first round projection and fell for some odd reason. This draft was full of those. With his two selections in round three, Elway grabbed running back Royce Freeman from Oregon, and cornerback Isaac Yiadom from Boston College. With his two round four selections, Elway took inside linebacker Josey Jewell from Iowa and wide receiver DeSean Hamilton from Penn State. Overall a good draft. The Broncos may not realize it, but Keenum, to some, is fools gold. I know it’s not something they want to hear, but sometimes, you just have to drop it, and rebuild. It is time for that in Denver.
The Denver Broncos have gone all in for the end of Peyton Manning’s career. During the free agent period, the Broncos made a flurry of free agent signings. To begin with, the Broncos signed DeMarcus Ware to a three year, 30 million dollar contract. Then they signed former New England Patriot Aqib Talib to a five year, 57 million dollar contract. Next up was T.J. Ward, who got a four year, 22,5 million dollar deal. They also signed Emmanuel Sanders to a three year, 15 million dollar contract. However they also lost a bunch of players. The Broncos decided to let go of Mike Adams, Quentin Jammer, Champ Bailey, Robert Ayers, Eric Decker, Michael Huff, Dan Koppen, Knowshon Moreno, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Wesley Woodyard.
Since they could not fill all of their holes in free agency, they also needed to turn to the draft. The Broncos needed a cornerback so they drafted Bradley Roby from Ohio State to fill that need.
They also needed another wide receiver for Peyton Manning so they drafted the jump ball specialist Cody Latimer from Indiana in the second round. They needed depth along the offensive line so they drafted Michael Schofield from Michigan in round three and Matt Paradis, a center from Boise State in round six. They also lost a lot of linebacker depth this offseason so they countered that by drafting two linebackers. First the Broncos selected Lamin Barrow from LSU in round five. Second, the Broncos selected Corey Nelson from Oklahoma in round seven.
Broncos Historical Years Now Fifty-Plus Strong
The Denver Broncos were founded in 1960 in the old American Football League. After the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, the Broncos joined the AFC West where they have been located ever since. Since the merger, the Broncos have made the playoffs 20 times, most recently a year ago when they won the AFC. The Broncos have won the AFC West 13 times, once again, most recently a year ago. The Broncos have won the AFC several times, and the Super Bowl twice, both of which came during the later years of the career of the legendary John Elway.
The current Broncos are all in for the end of the career of Peyton Manning. However, problems are being foreseen in several years when the cap hits start coming.
The Denver Broncos, who entered 2016 as the reigning Super Bowl champions, finished the season with a record of 9-7, good for third place in the AFC West. All season, the Broncos struggled with quarterback issues, so the retirement of Peyton Manning had a huge impact on the team. The first order of business during this past offseason was to replace head coach Gary Kubiak, who retired for health reasons. Vance Joseph was chosen to replace him. In free agency, the Broncos shored up their offensive line with guard Ronald Leary and offensive tackle Menelik Watson. The Broncos then turned their attention to the draft, and they ended up with eight draft choices overall. In round one, they needed to replace offensive tackle Russell Okung so they grabbed Garrett Bolles from Utah. In round two, they needed to replace the recently retired DeMarcus Ware, so they picked defensive end DeMarcus Walker from Florida State. In round three, they selected wide receiver Carlos Henderson from Louisiana Tech, and he should help whoever ends up playing quarterback.
With their second selection in the third round, they chose cornerback Brendan Langley from Lamar. With their pair of selections in round five, they chose tight end Jake Butt from Michigan, a player that really fell in this draft. They also picked up wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie from Georgia. They finished their draft with running back De'Angelo Henderson from Coastal Carolina, and quarterback Chad Kelly from Mississippi in round seven. The Broncos have a solid roster, and now if they can figure out who is going to play quarterback, of which all four on the roster have a shot at the moment, we will see what happens.