With free agency just a little over a month away, one has to think that the Denver Broncos have been speculating about who they plan on bringing in this offseason, right? Wrong. However, there is speculation looming around Denver. But it's not about the players that will be coming to Denver, it's the players that will be leaving Denver.
Apparently the Broncos are looking to let go a number of individuals on the defense side of the ball, in hopes to rebuild what was a horrific unit last season. Just some of the names seen floating around the city are Marlon McCree, Vernon Fox, Marquand Manuel, Niko Koutouvides, Boss Bailey, and Dewayne Robertson, who were all brought in last offseason to try to help upgrade what was an already atrocious unit. And it got no better, instead it got much, much worse. So they could very well be shown the way to the door within the coming weeks. Others include Bronco veterans Ebenezer Ekuban, Nate Webster, Kenny Peterson, Karl Paymah, and John Engleberger.
If all of the following are out of Denver by March, the traditionally cap-strapped Broncos would free up approximately $50 million in cap space.
When you look at the fact that all the Broncos drafted rookies might only take up one fifth of that, you are looking at around $40 million to spend(this year alone) on a very deep, and talented free agency pool.
If you're Josh McDaniels right now, what else could you ask for? You have a franchise quarterback, and a great offense that needs little to no tweaking what-so-ever. And then you have the 29th ranked defense, that needs a total revamping, and $40 million to spend on it.
So if you think about it, the Broncos could sign 5 free agents that are worth $7 million a year, and they'd still have $5 million left over.
I'm going to throw 5 possible suitors out there right now. Julius Peppers, Bart Scott, Terrell Suggs, Brian Dawkins, and dare I mention, LaDainian Tomlinson.