Broncos Update Insider - 1/2/08

Denver Broncos safety John Lynch has always maintained that he will think about his future in the offseason, but this time he will seriously consider retirement.

This offseason will be different for Broncos safety John Lynch.

Lynch has always maintained that he will think about his future in the offseason, but this time he will seriously consider retirement.

"I've always said I'll evaluate each year, but I've known what I was doing, but this year there's a question," Lynch said.

Lynch has played 15 NFL seasons, and this one was tough because of a stinger he suffered on Oct. 29. That kept him out for a while, and the injury was similar to the one he had his last season in Tampa Bay. He had neck surgery after that season.

Lynch said he will talk to his family and meet with Mike Shanahan before making any decisions. He insisted he did not know yet what he was going to do in 2008.

But on Sunday against Minnesota, he realized it might have been his last NFL game and he wanted to take it in.

"I've tried to play football and make those decisions at the proper time, but human nature kicks in and yeah, there were moments when you try to soak it in," Lynch said. "We'll see."


--The Broncos will draft 12th in April. They lost a second tiebreaker to Buffalo, based on a head-to-head win against the Bills, so the Bills get the 11th pick.

An impact rookie could help the Broncos right away, but cornerback Champ Bailey was realistic about the chances of a rookie being great right away.

"First-round picks are hit or miss," Bailey said. "You never know. It's hard to say."

--Before the season finale against Minnesota, safety Nick Ferguson wore a No. 27 Darrent Williams jersey. It was a tribute to Williams and the upcoming one-year anniversary of his death. Williams was shot and killed last Jan. 1.

"This is the year anniversary and it was good of Nick to do it," Broncos safety John Lynch said. "He's been on our hearts and minds each and every day."


--WR Javon Walker is not completely happy with the Broncos and doesn't think he fits well with the offense. He said after the season that a change of scenery might be in order. The Broncos had thought about bringing him back, but might go in a different direction if Walker isn't happy.

--WR Brandon Stokley said he won't need any surgery on his injured knee, just rest. Stokley missed the final three games of the season but will be a big part of the Broncos' offensive plans in 2008.

--S Nick Ferguson is a free agent and might not be back with the team. He was benched during the season but thinks he can be a starter.

--RB Andre Hall was Denver's second tailback for most of Sunday's season finale. He made a solid impression and should be back next season.

--LB Jamie Winborn had another solid game against Minnesota. He got two starts to finish the year and could compete for a starting job in 2008.

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