For Drayton Florence, signing with Denver was all about timing.
In other words, it was the perfect time to become a Bronco.
“Denver’s defense played great last year,” Florence said. “Then obviously the offseason additions with Peyton Manning coming in are huge — you don’t really see franchise quarterbacks on the free agent market. Peyton chose to come here. I just think it’ll be a good fit for me, coming in, playing with one of the best corners to ever play the game in Champ Bailey and a very aggressive and young defensive front. I just thought it would be a great fit for me. I can possibly end my career here with a Super Bowl ring. I felt Denver would be a great place for me.”
Another factor for the 10th-year veteran? Familiarity.
Florence played in the AFC West for five seasons with the San Diego Chargers, so he knows what all four teams in the division are about.
He also knows plenty about the Broncos team he’s joining, having faced Denver twice last season with Buffalo — once in the preseason and once in the regular season.
The thought of suiting up alongside the pass-rushing tandem of Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller — and joining a secondary with the likes of Bailey and Tracy Porter — was too much to pass up.
“I just thought as a unit, as a whole on defense, guys were solid,” he said. “They were competing back in the secondary. You’ve got to have three corners in this league to match up with those receivers. I just thought it was overall a good fit for me. I’m excited to get out there and start working with the guys.”
Florence called the Broncos an organization with “great football minds, from (Executive Vice President of Football Operations) John Elway to (Head) Coach (John) Fox all the way down.”
So what will he add to the club?
“Just physicality and toughness each and every week, coming out and playing hard, just trying to make plays and help my team win,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about. Once we get into the playoffs, let the chips fall where they may.”
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