The free agent hits continue for the Denver Broncos. When a team enters the free agency period with more than a dozen unrestricted players, coming off of a World Championship, it's next to impossible to keep them all.
However, for the Broncos, who before Tuesday had lost five 2015 starters to the open waters of free agency, it's becoming pandemic. The latest defection comes from safety and special teams captain, David Bruton.
Bruton was selected in the third round of the 2009 NFL draft out of Notre Dame. The first four years of his career were spent primarily as Denver's special teams ace.
Over the last two seasons, however, Bruton has made a name for himself on defense. As the Broncos No. 3 safety, he has notched 74 tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two interceptions on defense.
According to sources, the Broncos were interested in bringing Bruton back, but the two camps were far apart on compensation. At 28 years old, Bruton still has a good few years left in the tank and command good money.
He played a pivotal role for the 2015 Broncos. He created or was in on five turnovers. The biggest hit in losing him, it must be said, will be in the leadership department. Bruton was an emotional leader inside the locker room.
His community service in Denver through "Bruton's Books" has also been exemplary. Bruton is a tough-nosed player, willing to teach those behind him on the depth chart and always there to lend a helping hand in the community.
David Bruton will be missed.
Offensive tackle Ryan Harris also signed a new deal. He'll join the Pittsburgh Steelers. That makes six starters lost, not counting long-snapper Aaron Brewer and considering that although he was a team captain, Bruton was not a starter.
According to Steel City Insider Publisher Jim Wexell, Harris' deal is for two years, $3.9 million. The Broncos have other options at tackle, health-willing.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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