Denver Broncos’ Offseason Blueprint

Updated: Aug 2, 2019


Photo Courtesy of Pat Pryor

Written By: Jake Leicht


The Denver Broncos looked very good at times last season, but ultimately they failed to have a winning season for the second consecutive year. John Elway decided to fire Vance Joseph because of his inability to win in Denver. They hired Vic Fangio to take over, and their defense should become better instantly. Giving Fangio more defensive weapons would probably help the Broncos become one of the better defensive units in the league. Offensively, the Broncos are a mess. They just traded for Joe Flacco, a quarterback that has not played well since he won a Super Bowl several seasons ago. Their offensive line is putrid, and their receiving corps is young. The Broncos are still a few years away from winning, and they still do not have a franchise quarterback.


Available Salary Cap Space- $37.3


Free Agents

UFA

Jared Veldheer- Offensive Tackle

Domata Peko- Defensive Tackle

Tramaine Brock- Cornerback

Shaquil Barrett- Linebacker

Matt Paradis- Center

Shane Ray- Edge Rusher

Billy Turner- Guard

Bradley Roby- Cornerback

Andre Holmes- Wide Receiver

Zach Kerr- Defensive Tackle

Gino Gradkowski- Center

Jamar Taylor- Cornerback

Jeff Heuerman- Tight End

Max Garcia- Offensive Guard


RFA

Shelby Harris- Defensive Tackle

Deiontrez Mount- Outside Linebacker

Kevin Hogan- Quarterback

Casey Kreiter- Long Snapper

Jordan Taylor- Wide Receiver


ERFA

Jerrol Garcia-Williams- Linebacker

Joe Jones- Outside Linebacker

Brian Parker- Tight End

Matt LaCosse- Tight End

Dymonte Thomas- Safety

Tim Patrick- Wide Receiver


Potential Cap Casualties (Bold = Dead Money, Italics = Cap Gain)

Joe Flacco- Quarterback ($0) ($18.5 mill) I would honestly cut him, but the Broncos will not.

Emmanuel Sanders- Wide Receiver ($2.687 mill) ($10.25 mill)

Todd Davis- Linebacker ($2 mill) ($3 mill)

Darian Stewart- Strong Safety ($2.8 mill) ($3.57 mill)

Case Keenum- Quarterback ($10 mill) ($11 mill)


*All figures for cap purposes are taken as pre-June 1st, unless otherwise stated. All cap figures courtesy of Overthecap.com, unless otherwise stated*


Team Needs

  • 5-7 Needs

  • Quarterback

  • Offensive Tackle

  • Tight End

  • Wide Receiver

  • Cornerback

  • Defensive Tackle


Draft pick Allotment

1st Round #10 (10)

2nd Round #9 (41)

3rd Round #8 (72)

4th Round #11 (107)

4th Round: #23 (119)

5th Round #10 (138)

5th Round #18 (146)

6th Round #9 (169)

7th Round #8 (200)

7th Round #23 (215)

7th Round #31 (223)


*Compensatory Pick Projection courtesy of Nick Korte of Overthecap.com


Mock Offseason

Head Coach

Vic Fangio


Players Re-signed

Gino Gradkowski- Center

Billy Turner- Offensive Guard

Bradley Roby- Cornerback

Zach Kerr- Defensive Tackle

Jeff Heuerman- Tight End


Cap Casualties

Emmanuel Sanders- Wide Receiver ($2.687 mill) ($10.25 mill)

Todd Davis- Linebacker ($2 mill) ($3 mill)

Darian Stewart- Strong Safety ($2.8 mill) ($3.57 mill)


Trade

Denver Broncos get: 2020 5th Round Pick

Arizona Cardinals get: Case Keenum


Free Agent Targets

Jared Cook- Tight End (Raiders)

Joe Flacco loves his tight ends, and the Broncos currently do not have a good option at the position. Jared Cook would give Flacco a big target across the middle of the field.


Sheldon Richardson- Defensive Tackle (Vikings)

Even though the Denver Broncos have two premier pass rushers in Bradley Chubb and Von Miller, they still need a 3-technique that can make plays in the pass and run game. Richardson would step in and immediately make the Broncos one of the most feared defensive lines in the NFL.


Daryl Williams- Offensive Tackle (Carolina Panthers)

The Broncos offensive line is putrid, and it is about to get worse given the fact that they are probably going to let Matt Paradis walk in free agency. Even though Daryl Williams was injured for the better part of last season, he would still be a major upgrade over the offensive tackles the Broncos trotted out last season.


Mock Draft

1st Round: Devin White, Linebacker (LSU)

2nd Round: Deebo Samuel, Wide Receiver (South Carolina)

3rd Round: David Edwards, Offensive Tackle (Wisconsin)

4th Round: Kris Boyd, Cornerback (Texas)

4th Round: Elijah Holyfield, Running Back (Georgia)

5th Round: Gardner Minshew, Quarterback (Washington State)

5th Round: Ross Pierschbacher, Center (Alabama)

6th Round: Drew Sample, Tight End (Washington)

7th Round: Nate Davis, Offensive Guard (UNC-Charlotte)

7th Round: Jaylen Smith, Wide Receiver (Louisville)

7th Round: Emmanuel Hall, Wide Receiver (Missouri)


Keep a lookout for more offseason blueprints as we get closer to the start of the new league year!