NFL free agency is underway and the Broncos have already made a splash. Safety Brian Dawkins makes the move from Philadelphia to Denver and he is in the fold.
There are also multiple report that the organization is also close to signing safety Renaldo Hill, running back Correll Buckhalter, wide receiver Jabar Gaffney and longsnapper Lonie Paxton.
It seems like a good possibility the moves are imminent and if they indeed come to pass, I like them.
First off, the Broncos would presumably have their two starting safeties and upgraded the back end of their defense.
Dawkins is a seven-time Pro Bowler who spent 13 seasons with the Eagles. Yes, he is 35 years old. But he still plays at a high level and, by all accounts, is a tremendous presence in the locker room.
He also comes to Denver ready to go all out.
“We’re all jacked,” Dawkins said on Saturday. “I’m jumping around with my words because I’m so emotionally excited about this opportunity.”
Dawkins said he knew early on that head coach Josh McDaniels wanted him wearing orange and blue and while it was emotional to leave Philadelphia, Dawkins knew it was the right decision.
“Just hearing Josh and how excited he was and how much they wanted me here. I was not just a want for them. They felt like (it was) a necessity for me to be here and that’s something every player wants to feel from an organization.”
Hill figures to step in as the starting free safety. There is little doubt the Broncos would have upgraded the safety position if Hill joins Dawkins in Denver.
The same can be said for running back, if all the paperwork gets done with Buckhalter. Yes, he comes with some miles on the tires—he is 30 years old and has had a handful of knee injuries—but he is a tough runner who can be productive.
He is an established pro, something the Broncos desperately needed at the running back position. Peyton Hillis and Ryan Torain seem to have talent. But one has to feel better about the position with Buckhalter and Arrington in the fold. And who knows? Maybe Derrick Ward will also find Denver to his liking. He seems to like enough to visit Dove Valley.
The bottom line is that, assuming the Broncos get everything done with the players they are reportedly close to signing, I believe they Broncos are a better football team today and free agency is only a few days old as we write this.
They are better at the safety position. They are better at the running back position. And Gaffney should be a good fit as the third or fourth wide receiver.
The Broncos probably aren’t done, either.
Along with reportedly visiting with Ward, the Broncos are likely looking to shore up the cornerback spot. There are reports that they’ll be talking with Andre Goodman, who started 16 games for the Dolphins last year.
There is no doubt the Broncos have more work to do. But they seem to be off to a good start.
What do you think the Broncos should do next?
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