Elvis Dumervil Release Dominates Broncos Headlines
This free agency period the Denver Broncos lost one of the best pass rushers in the league in DE Elvis Dumervil to the Baltimore Ravens. It was a huge contract snafu between the Broncos and Dumervil where blame was thrown from agents to GM’s all the way to a faulty fax machine.
Regardless who’s to blame it was a huge loss in what was otherwise a really good off-season for Denver. They franchised LT Ryan Clady one of the best in the league to continue protecting Manning, and snagged wide receiver Wes Welker from the Patriots who is always among the league leaders in receptions.
Another addition was former Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who is a top notch cover-man in the league. He signed a one year 5$ million contract in hopes of performing well and signing a long term deal next season.
Other Denver free agent signings include former Jaguar DT Terrance Knighton, ex Charger guard Louis Vasquez, lb Stewart Bradley from the Cardinals, and DE Jason Hunter formerly with the Raiders. They still have their work cut out for them with 12 free agents yet to hit the market including CB Tracey Porter, center Dan Koppen, and defensive end Ty Warren.
The Denver Broncos chose to part ways with longtime linebacker D.J. Williams who recently signed with the Bears. Williams played nine seasons with the Broncos suiting up for 127 games where he amassed 824 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 13 forced fumbles, and two interceptions.
Denver picks 28th this draft so they are at the mercy of the board by the time it comes to them and it is speculated they will take a defensive lineman in a draft rich with them. They have courted former Indianapolis Colts DE Dwight Freeney , but it is obvious whoever they grab at this point will be a significant downgrade from Elvis Dumervil.
All in all the Denver Broncos so far have had a mildly successful off-season where the only thing keeping it back from being a potential knock out is the loss of Dumervil. Regardless they still have a heck of a defense with another elite pass rusher LB Von Miller and led by Peyton Manning, they will be just fine.
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