But he's given Broncos Country even more reason to love him. Because he's poised to hit unrestricted free agency in March, Bruton was asked about what his priorities are and where he'd consider playing next, if it's not with the Broncos.
Bruton's comment is very tongue-in-cheek, but I believe him. Many a truths are said in jest.
But money talks. If the New England Patriots offered him a big-money contract, he'd likely go play there. As a perennial team captain, his importance to the Broncos and their locker room is vital.
In seven seasons with the Broncos, Bruton has amassed 131 solo tackles, one sack, five forced fumbles, and three interceptions. In 2015 alone, he netted that single sack, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two of his career picks.
It was a banner year for him and it was a tragedy he finished the season on injured reserve, and missed the Super Bowl, especially considering that he felt good-to-go by the AFC Championship game.
Bruton's emergence as a force on defense over the last two years has been impressive. The man deserves to be a starter and he deserves to get paid. Let's hope John Elway finds a way to keep him around.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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