When it came to the 2012 free agency period in the NFL, no one would argue the Denver Broncos walked away as the clear winner. Beyond the crown jewel of Peyton Manning, the Broncos also filled their roster with capable veterans who stepped up in a big way in 2012.
Although the Broncos fell short of the Super Bowl, they should once again look at the free agent market to place crucial pieces around Manning. Unlike last year, the Broncos don’t need to land this class’s biggest prize, but they should look at USA Today’s best free agents to solidify some glaring holes the team will have in 2013.
The Broncos should be looking at four specific targets that provide the foundation on their off-season roster improvements.
Henry Melton- Melton’s play for the Bears was solid enough to earn him a trip to the Pro Bowl and familiarity with a 4-3 would bring stability to the Broncos d-line.
Rey Maualuga- The Bengals middle linebacker should be no stranger to Broncos fans. Denver was seen as a potential landing spot for the USC linebacker before the 2009 NFL draft. Josh McDaniels ended up passing on Maualuga three times. John Elway should seriously look at correcting one of the first mistakes McDaniels made.
Dwight Freeney-Imagine what Jack Del Rio could do with a pass-rushing force of Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller and Freeney. The Broncos shouldn’t make a habit of making Denver the Colts of the west, but Freeney would be a welcome addition to an already menacing defesive front.
Mike Jenkins-The Cowboys DB lost his starting job in 2012 and would be a nice compliment to Champ Bailey, Chris Harris and Tony Carter.
The Broncos opened up as 2013 favorites to win the Super Bowl, but work needs to be done in order for them to hoist Lombardi’s trophy come next February. The first step in that process begins when free agency opens up Mar. 12. The Broncos will certainly have a game plan going into the free-for-all. The only question that will linger is if their plan will help them move closer to a championship.
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