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AFC West Free Agency Roundup: Denver Broncos

An article in which we look at the Free Agency situation for the Denver Broncos

"Does anybody have a carrot?"
"Does anybody have a carrot?"

Last year, the Broncos fell 2 games short of reaching the Super Bowl. They were heavy favorites to reach the big game, and many also expected them to win it all. But thankfully they fell at the hands of the eventual Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Game. Those tears were delicious, weren't they?

Not ones to be satisfied with falling short of reaching the Super Bowl, the Broncos are making splashes in Free Agency with big signings. The biggest of which is certainly signing Wes Welker away from Tom Brady and the Patriots, giving Peyton Manning yet another weapon. Great. Oh and they signed Louis Vasquez away from the Chargers, giving Manning added protection.

Hoping to avoid another embarrassing 70-yard touchdown pass in the playoffs, John Elway signed CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Eagles.

Let's take a look at the various moves and available players for the Broncos.


Name Position Experience Previous Team
Bradley, Stewart LB 6 Seasons Arizona
Knighton, Terrance DT 4 Seasons Jacksonville
Rodgers-Cromartie, Dominique CB 5 Seasons Philadelphia
Vasquez, Louis G 4 Seasons San Diego
Welker, Wes WR 9 Seasons New England

Returning Players

Name Position Status Experience
Clady, Ryan T Franchise 5 Seasons
Vickerson, Kevin DT Agreed 7 Seasons


Name Position Status Experience 2013 Team
Hanie, Caleb QB Released 5 Seasons
Hunter, Jason LB Signed 7 Seasons Oakland
Williams, D.J. OLB Released 9 Seasons

Remaining Free Agents

Name Position Status Experience
Ball, Lance RB RFA 4 Seasons
Bannan, Justin DT UFA 11 Seasons
Brooking, Keith MLB UFA 15 Seasons
Clark, Chris T RFA 3 Seasons
Colquitt, Britton P RFA 4 Seasons
Gronkowski, Chris RB UFA 3 Seasons
Koppen, Dan C UFA 10 Seasons
Leonhard, Jim FS UFA 8 Seasons
Porter, Tracy CB UFA 5 Seasons
Stokley, Brandon WR UFA 14 Seasons
Warren, Ty DT UFA 10 Seasons
Willis, Matt WR UFA 5 Seasons

It's rather obvious the Broncos are in a "win now" mentality. Are they putting all their chips on the table to win a Super Bowl in 2013 or 2014? Are they setting themselves up for a hard fall in a couple seasons?