The official starting block for the 2017 Free Agency period is still looming a couple of days away, but that won't keep the reports from coming in and NFL front offices trying to get deals in place that are ready to be consummated as the alarm bell sounds on Thursday afternoon.
The Denver Broncos have cap space in 2017, and by every indication, they intend to use it. This year's free-agent class isn't as eye-popping and as deep as may before it, but it can serve as a good platform to start addressing immediate needs, whereas John Elway typically prefers to draft the best player available come spring.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... The most obvious need is along the offensive line, where the Broncos could potentially upgrade at any position aside from Matt Paradis at center. On the other side of the ball, the potential departure of Sylvester Williams and the need to stop the run will force Denver to look hard at a few prominent defensive linemen and perhaps linebackers.
But we know Elway has expressed interest in bringing Williams back. However, Denver's 2013 first round pick wants to test the market first.
Oh, and there's that quarterback in Dallas. Tony Romo has not yet been released, but if he is, expect the Broncos to have some interest in the soon-to-be 37-year-old gunslinger.
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Ronald Leary, OG
The Broncos signed Ronald Leary to a four-year, $35 million deal with $20 million guaranteed.
Menelik Watson, OT
The Broncos signed OT Menelik Watson to a three-year, $18.3 million deal. Watson will play right tackle.
Domata Peko, DT
The Broncos signed defensive tackle Domata Peko to a two-year, $7.5 million deal. The first year is guaranteed, essentially.
Peko upgrades the middle of Denver's defense. He brings 11 years of NFL experience and is a bona-fide run-stuffer.
Zach Kerr, DE
The Broncos also signed Zach Kerr, who spent the last three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. Undrafted in 2014, Kerr made Indy's roster as a rookie and never looked back.
Kerr has starting experience. He can stop the run and penetrate into the backfield. He popped up onto the Broncos radar with his Week 2 performance last year in Denver, where he notched five tackles and a sack in just 40 snaps. Kerr signed a two-year deal as well.
Kasim Edebali, OLB
The Broncos visited with OLB Kasim Edebali on Monday, and signed him to a one-year deal. With DeMarcus Ware officially retiring, and Dekoda Watson's future up in the air, the Broncos needed more depth at edge rusher.
Edebali has a lot of potential. At the very least, the former New Orleans Saint will compete for a roster spot in training camp this year.
Sources have told MHH Senior Analyst Erick Trickel that the Broncos have expressed interest in the following players:
RB Danny Woodhead (Los Angeles Chargers)
UPDATE: Woodhead is expected to sign with the Baltimore Ravens at the start of Free Agency
OL T.J. Lang (Green Bay Packers)
UPDATE: Lang is visiting Seattle but if he leaves without a deal, could visit the Broncos Saturday.
UPDATE: Lang's visit to Denver was canceled.
WR Torrey Smith (released from San Francisco 49ers)
UPDATE: Smith is expected to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles.
OL Ricky Wagner (Baltimore Ravens) — Signed with Detroit.
OL Andrew Whitworth (Cincinnati Bengals) — Signed with the Rams.
UPDATE: Whitworth is expected to sign with the Los Angeles Rams.
OL D.J. Fluker (released from Los Angeles Chargers)
9NEWS' Mike Klis has reported that the Broncos have interest in Washington Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker, but Tampa, who has significantly more salary cap room, is also hot for him. Klis also reports that Denver likes DE Calais Campbell, but the bidding war for his services might price him out of reach.
UPDATE: Baker signed with Tampa.
UPDATE: Campbell to the Jags is not a done deal, officially, and Chris Mortenson has reported that he could take less money to join the Broncos.
UPDATE: Campbell has now chosen to sign with the Jaguars, leveraging himself $1 million more in the process, according to Adam Schefter.
According to multiple reports, John Elway has reinforced what he said at the NFL Combine about Russell Okung. The two sides are talking about a possible return. One source tells us that the Broncos want Okung on a series of one-year option deals, somewhere around $7 million per season, including incentives.
UPDATE: Okung signed a four-year deal with the Chargers
Elway has also checked in with DeMarcus Ware, according to Troy Renck, to see what it would take to re-sign him. Denver isn't going to break the bank for Ware, considering his age and struggles to stay on the field the last two seasons.
UPDATE: DeMarcus Ware has announced his retirement from the NFL.
The Broncos want cornerback Kayvon Webster back, but he wants to test the market and is looking for an expanded role. One source tells us Webster could garner $7 million per year on the open market, which would price him out of Denver.
UPDATE: Adam Schefter has reported that Dallas will release Tony Romo on Thursday.
UPDATE: Dallas did not release Romo, as was expected. Romo is currently still a Cowboy, while Dallas shops him to Denver and Houston.
The Broncos have shown interest in Oakland tackle Menelik Watson, but the Giants have also thrown their hat into the ring.
UPDATE: The Broncos signed Watson on Friday.
The Broncos are interested in former New York Giants defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins. Could be a good value signing.
Sylvester Williams has agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Tennessee Titans.
Denver also issued exclusive rights free agent tenders to LB Zaire Anderson, LB Shaquil Barrett, RB Kapri Bibbs, C James Ferentz, WR Bennie Fowler, LS Casey Kreiter, C Matt Paradis and WR Jordan Taylor, according to Troy Renck.
Stay tuned for updates as the reports roll in and the list grows.
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