In another savvy re-signing by John Elway, the Broncos retain the services of one of the more underrated safeties, all the while being fiscally responsible with regards to the team’s future. Familiarity and continuity will be present in the secondary for this year and next, as all starters and backups are under contract with the team.
Before coming to the Mile High City, Stewart was an undrafted rookie free agent coming out South Carolina, catching on with the St. Louis Rams before the 2010 season. Flashing his talent infrequently, the injury bug bit Stewart for most of his time with the Rams, which led to his departure. Stewart would find a new hope with the Baltimore Ravens, signing with them in 2014.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1719434-get-si-subscription-with-... Shaking off the notion that he was a quality, but injury-prone player, Stewart played all 16 games with the Ravens that year and joined Head Coach Gary Kubiak in heading out west for Denver. Stewart has exceeded the amount of his initial contract and was rewarded by John Elway and Co. for all the contributions he has made on the field these last two seasons with the team.
Stewart had a solid 2015 season, combining for 59 total stops as well as forcing a fumble and picking off a Joe Flacco pass in the season opener that sealed the win for Denver that day. Already racking up 44 total tackles from his free safety spot this year, Stewart had his best game right before the bye week and picked off quarterback Drew Brees twice, along with recovering a fumble that helped lead the Broncos to a dramatic 25-23 win.
The No-Fly Zone is one of the more colorful units in the NFL. Between wild man T.J. Ward, the brash Aqib Talib, and even the competitiveness of Chris Harris, you have the quiet determination of Darian Stewart. Not the loudest or the most vocal, Stewart is a leader by example, finding ways to make a difference on gameday, be it picking off a pass or putting the hurt on anyone unlucky enough to be carrying the ball. For the next four years, Denver can look forward to having number 26 manning the middle of the field on game days.
Adam Uribes is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @auribes37.
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