With the right moves and plenty of young stars, the Denver Broncos are on the verge of making their first playoff game since their victory in Super Bowl 50 of the 2015-16 NFL season. With an exciting market riddled with names such as Tom Brady and Chris Jones, here are my top 5 potential free-agent signings for the Denver Broncos.
Before we begin, however, it is essential to know these predictions come before the free agency opens, and franchise or transition tags are used.
5- Kendall Fuller, CB
The NFL free agency this year is host too many talented corners, but the former ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year stands out the most to me. After a down 2019 campaign with only 49 tackles, two passes defended, and zero interceptions, Fuller is primed to have a bounce-back season. With the potential departures of some Broncos defensive backs, Fuller would be a good fit in the slot. As a player who’s 25, it does not seem far-fetched to believe the Broncos would bring in a player like Fuller for the long run.
4- Cory Littleton, Linebacker
When I think of a player who can do it all, I think of Cory Littleton. The swiss army knife of the Rams defense was excellent in coverage with 134 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles. With a big raise imminent, and if the Rams choose to let Littleton walk in free agency, the Broncos (3-4 defense) would be smart to scoop up the crafty inside linebacker.
3- D.J. Reader, DT/DE
The potential departure of Adam Gotsis, Shelby Harris, and Derek Wolfe leads to the conclusion of the Broncos either drafting the future of their defensive line or signing one of the premier defensive linemen options like D.J. Reader. Reader totaled 52 tackles (six for loss) and 2.5 sacks in 2019. He is not only one of the best run-stuffers in the NFL, but it seems the most likely choice as the Chiefs may lock down superstar defensive tackle Chris Jones.
2- Graham Glasgow, Guard/Center
With a young new starting quarterback in Drew Lock, it only makes sense the Broncos would spend 58 million dollars of cap space on someone like Glasgow. The 27-year-old only had three penalties with zero sacks in 15 games in 2019, and with his four years in Detroit, he’s played 96 percent of his career games. With upgrades needed for the Broncos front men, Glasgow is low-key the guy for them.
1- Joe Thuney, Guard
It almost seems boring that the number one choice for the Broncos would not be a skill position. However, no skill position could succeed without the help of elite protection from the number one offensive lineman on the market in Joe Thuney, who had zero penalties, with only one sack allowed in 2019.
Thuney played in 99 percent of the Patriots snaps in four seasons, making him a very durable option. As one of the most versatile players on the market, he can fill any spot on Denver’s offensive line. A perfect pickup for a team in desperate need of elite protection for their future quarterback.