The offseason is officially underway and the Denver Broncos have some decisions to make. What better way to kick off the offseason than by contemplating which of the Denver Broncos unrestricted free agents should be with the team for another run at the Super Bowl.
Let him go. Decker is a #2 wide receiver that some team will pay #1 wide receiver money in free agency. Decker is not a freak athlete like Demaryius Thomas and his production is inflated with Peyton Manning playing quarterback. He is also inconsistent and lacks toughness. The Broncos could use more toughness at the wide receiver position.
The Broncos must keep DRC. On a one-year “prove it” deal, DRC proved to be the best cornerback on the roster and one of the best in the NFL. Although he can lose focus at times, the uncertainty surrounding Champ Bailey coming back and Chris Harris’ availability after tearing his ACL late in the year makes this signing paramount.
If he can’t be signed to a deal, using the franchise tag may be the best course of action. By doing so, the Broncos can draft at least one cornerback to grow into a quality starter without forcing him into the starting lineup too soon.
Let him go. Moreno won the hearts of fans by giving his blood, sweat and tears to the team this year. However, one year of decent production does not erase a history of injuries. Paying big money to an injury-prone running back entering his sixth year is incredibly foolish especially when a second round draft pick was used on his replacement.
The Broncos need to keep Beadles. Granted, he is the weakest link on the line, but he was still a solid player. I have wanted the Broncos to find an upgrade at guard the past two offseasons, but if he leaves now who is out there to replace him?
There are no sure-fire starters at guard in the draft this year and he is better than many of the guards that will be available in free agency. Unless he gets a ridiculous offer elsewhere, the Broncos need him back at least until they can find a better option in the draft.
Keep him if the price is right. He was only signed to replace Elvis Dumervil after the fax fiasco and likely would not have been in the Broncos’ plans otherwise. It is hard to argue with his production, having logged 10 sacks, but he disappeared for stretches during the season and did not apply consistent pressure.
I am on the fence with Phillips. He was a solid addition, but Quanterus Smith will be healthy in 2014. By season’s end Smith will get after the quarterback more consistently than Phillips. However, the uncertainty of Derrick Wolfe’s health gives the Broncos a need for depth that Phillips will satisfy.
Let him go. This is a tough decision because Woodyard is a fan favorite and has worked his tail off to rise from an undrafted player to a major contributor. Unfortunately, there isn’t a spot for him.
Danny Trevathan has solidified himself as the weak side linebacker and Woodyard is too small to handle middle linebacker duties. He will get a decent money offer to play weak side linebacker, but not with the Broncos.
Let him go. Adams was a solid depth player, but is no longer reliable in coverage. When all the young Broncos safeties return to health, it is unlikely he will earn a roster spot anyway.
Keep him. He should not have been a first round draft pick, but he is a solid rotational player and adds versatility to the defensive line by sliding inside in certain passing situations. He will be needed if Wolfe continues to have health issues.
Let him go unless Beadles is not signed. If Beadles leaves, Kuper can be a decent starter or add quality depth. However, it is high time for the Broncos to draft interior linemen, forcing Kuper off the roster.
Keep him. He will be necessary, as the Broncos will let Decker walk. If he is with the Broncos next season, Caldwell must step up and realize his potential. He has under achieved so far in his career, but he can stretch the field with his speed and fill in until the Broncos can draft and develop Decker’s future replacement.
Keep him. Mincey was a solid signing late in the season. I expect that he will be even better with more time in the system and contribute to the defensive line rotation.
Paris Lenon & Quentin Jammer
Let them go. Both players are at the end of their careers and upgrades are a dire need.
Let him go. Huff’s contributions to the defense were very minimal. He has no long term potential with the team.
Steve Vallos & Winston Justice
Keep them both. Their price tags are low. Their presence on the roster will provide offensive line depth through training camp and preseason at least. Hopefully the Broncos will draft offensive linemen able to win rosters spots, pushing these two off the team. Until then they have value.