The Denver Broncos made tough decision today, releasing veteran kicker Connor Barth. They had to make room on the 90-man roster for the newly signed two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis, whom the team agreed to terms with on a one-year, $4 million deal.
Instead of rolling with what would have been the youngest offensive line unit in the National Football League, John Elway decided against tempting fate, and pulled the trigger on the former All-Pro left guard.
This move signifies the Broncos commitment to win a World Championship in 2015, not just a organizational rebuild. With Gary Kubiak at the helm, an aggressive Wade Phillips defense, and a dominant running game, the only questionable factor for the team was keeping Peyton Manning healthy.
Signing Mathis will most definitely help to keep Manning upright throughout the season and into the playoffs. The onus is still on Ty Sambrailo to step up and continually improve, as well as first-year center Matt Paradis.
The Broncos 2015 fortunes start up front in the trenches. If these two young players, who've yet to start a regular season game in the NFL, can build on the knowledge and ability of the two All-Pro guards (Mathis & Louis Vasquez) playing next to them, the sky is the limit for what this team can achieve.
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