2012 NFL Free Agents: 4 Offensive Players the Denver Broncos Should Sign
Before I say anything, this is all under the assumption that Tim Tebow has "staying power" in Denver. I'm asking you to assume this is true, for the sake of reading this article and being free of the "will Tebow stay or will he go" discussion.
Bear in mind that these 4 players are taken into consideration outside of the context of the NFL draft, and within the context of building around Tim Tebow and the offense that John Fox has crafted this year. Denver can do this via free agency, and is likely to use their draft pick on the defensive side of the ball, considering their obvious needs in their own secondary.
With that in mind, lets get to work. Here are 5 upcoming free agents that could help the Broncos moving forward.
Running Back: Mike Tolbert
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It's hard to imagine the Denver Broncos retaining Knowshon Moreno when you take into account his underachievement and inability to stay healthy.
In Denver, a 1 and 1A tandem of McGahee and Tolbert would be huge for Tebow's confidence. Tolbert can catch passes and is excellent at the goal line. Though due for a raise, he's also affordable.
Besides, what running wouldn't want to play in Denver right now?
Tight End: Even Moore
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On a team with very little in the way of offensive power, Evan Moore put up respectable numbers at the tight end position during the 2011 season.
You could argue that he is only a slight improvement over Daniel Fells, but Fells is also a free agent at the end of this season, and if he doesn't return to Denver, Moore would be an adequate replacement.
Wide Reciever: Robert Meachem
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The bottom line here is that Denver needs help at wide receiver. Tim Tebow's throwing motion isn't great, but anyone who has watched more then a few of the Broncos' games this year will tell you, Demarius Thomas, Eric Decker and Matthew Willis have dropped a lot of catch-able balls.
If John Elway does decide to bring in another wide receiver in the offseason, that player will have to be agreeable to playing under the John Fox "run first" read option offense. Since Meachem is accustomed to playing in the shadows of Marques Colston and Devery Henderson, the adjustment could be easier for him in a secondary or even primary receiver's role in Denver.
Wide Reciever: Vincent Jackson
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I know this is a long shot, but the days of Vincent Jackson in San Diego could be over. If Denver keeps Tim Tebow under center, they're going to want to give him more reliable targets to throw to. Should Tebow even get the ball close to Jackson, the odds of a completed pass are pretty high.
Obviously the Denver Broncos have more then free agency at their disposal during the off season, and I'm not trying to say that they should be the Philadelphia Eagles of 2012 by signing all 4 of these players. However, if they do make 1 or 2 significant additions to their offense via free agency, any of these players would be excellent choices and could help to build a dangerous offensive attack for Tim Tebow.
Regardless of Denver's playoff success, the Denver Broncos' upcoming off season will certainly be one of the most interesting to watch.