Aaron Doster/USA Today

Defensive Back Omar Bolden Signs With Chicago

Say goodbye to another former John Elway draft pick.

The Denver Broncos had high hopes when they drafted cornerback Omar Bolden in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Arizona State. His collegiate career was truncated by a grievous knee injury, but his talent and leadership skills enticed John Elway to pull the trigger. 

Alas, in four seasons with the team, Bolden's biggest impact came in his final season, when he returned a second quarter punt for a touchdown in Week 9 vs. the Indianapolis Colts. The return sparked a mini-comeback that ultimately fizzled in the fourth quarter. 

Bolden has now signed a one-year deal with John Fox's Chicago Bears — his head coach for three of his four pro seasons. The Broncos tried Bolden at cornerback, then moved him to safety. 

He never truly flourished on defense. On special teams, he began to provide a return on investment as the Broncos primary kick and punt returner (when healthy) in 2015. 

The Broncos have lost two safeties via free agency thus far. David Bruton opted to sign with Washington and Bolden chose the Windy City. The Broncos have nobody behind incumbent safety starters Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward, with the exception of a couple practice squad options. 

Expect them to bolster the unit via the upcoming draft. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

Follow Mile High Huddle on Twitter @MileHighHuddle and on Facebook and become a subscriber to receive access to premium content and discounted Broncos tickets.

To get instant Broncos notifications, download the NEW Scout mobile app for iOS HERE! 

Be sure to check out the ever-growing benefit package of being a Mile High Huddle Insider! Check it out HERE.


Mile High Huddle Top Stories