Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos Report Card: C-
Now we look towards the AFC West to the Denver Broncos and in the past week, questions are raised. The Broncos have tried to make strides in the free agent market so far, but not in a good way. They’ve let go some key players during the initial wave and the one that stands out is tight end Julius Thomas.
Leaving with Thomas are defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, guard Orlando Franklin and free safety Rahim Moore. All four were key components on the Broncos squad, especially that helped them reach the Super Bowl two years ago. Their grade is low for this exact reason, letting go of key players. They’ve managed to grab tight end Owen Daniels, guard Shelley Smith, free safety Darian Stewart and defensive tackle Vance Walker.
Not really the players you had in mind considering the players the Broncos let go. They also need to address the status of wide receiver Wes Welker, who has been stellar for them.
The Broncos free agency hasn’t been the best so far, but they do have the security of Peyton Manning, which makes them contenders regardless. If they want to stay relevant, they need to get cracking and make some moves in the market; at least sensible ones.
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