NFL Free Agency 2012: 7 Players the Denver Broncos Should Target
What was even more surprising was that they would able to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the most consistently good teams in the NFL, in the wild-card matchup.
However, this team has a number of glaring holes and several other issues that to be addressed, such as their 31st-ranked pass defense and Tim Tebow (despite his amazing comebacks) completing less than half his passes.
The Denver Broncos are currently $34 million under the cap for next season so they have plenty of money to spend on players within and outside the organization.
So with that said, let's take a look at seven players outside the organization that they should target.
Vincent Jackson, Wide Receiver
Eddie Royal is a free agent for 2012, and the only decent receiver left is Eric Decker.
So why not take a shot with Vincent Jackson?
Granted, he's had his share of injuries and problems over the years.
However, you can't deny that he has been a great receiver for the San Diego Chargers.
He's a two-time Pro Bowler, who easily gets 1,000+ receiving yard seasons.
His 6'5" body would make it easier for Tim Tebow to target his throws (especially if he improves his passing abilities greatly over the offseason), particularly in red-zone situations.
Plus, it's always nice to steal away a talented player from a divisional rival.
Reggie Wayne, Wide Receiver
After all, even with Andrew Luck to become the new quarterback, you don't know if he'll become a success or a bust. Beside, you're on a team that's in rebuilding mode, would you really want to be part of that?
Though Wayne is four years older than Vincent Jackson and lacks the size, he's also one of the most consistent receivers in the NFL. Last season was the first time since 2003 he wasn't able to record 1,000+ receiving yards (though, that's because of the fact the Colts didn't use a decent quarterback until late in the season, not because of Wayne himself).
Another suitable replacement over Eddie Royal.
Samson Satele, Center
The Broncos' current center, J.D. Walton is horrific. He was bad in 2010 as a rookie, he was even worse last season. For the Broncos to succeed in 2012, they need a much better center.
Another player to steal from a divisional rival—this time from the Oakland Raiders—Samson Satele would be perfect.
He's much better as a run-blocking center than a pass-blocking center, which considering the organization's run-first system, would make him a great fit. The combination of Tim Tebow, Willis McGahee, and Lance Ball all running, while Satele provides the blocks would make for a much more improved offense.
Thomas DeCoud, Safety
Brian Dawkins is 39, has missed parts of the last two seasons with neck injuries, and is contemplating retirement.
The combination of these three things means that the Broncos need to look at a safety.
My suggestion is Thomas DeCoud of the Atlanta Falcons.
Normally, I'd think he would be an instant re-sign. However, the problem with the Falcons is that they have several defensive players they need to re-sign, as well, including Curtis Lofton and Brent Grimes.
He's been a consistently effective safety since he became a full-time player in 2009, and has career highs in both tackles and interceptions last year.
He would easily help out a Broncos secondary that finished 31st in pass defense last season.
Sione Pouha, Nose Tackle
Though Pouha is 33, he doesn't have a lot of mileage, considering he was drafted in 2005, and didn't play full-time for the New York Jets until 2007.
Pouha is a run-stopping specialist, which would definitely be good in divisional games (what with the Raiders having Darren McFadden, the Chiefs having Jamaal Charles when he returns, and the Chargers having Ryan Matthews and Mike Tolbert).
He's a good replacement for Brodrick Bunkley, if they are unable to re-sign him.
Stephen Tulloch, Linebacker
Would it be weird to have the same guy that last season mocked Tim Tebow's pose after sacking him, to be on the same team?
That aside, Tullloch would make for a good linebacker for this organization.
Though just 5'11", he's a tackling machine who can both deflect and intercept passes, and provide pressure against opposing quarterbacks.
With current middle linebacker Joe Mays looking towards free agency, Tulloch would also improve the Broncos' defense greatly.
Jason Campbell, Quarterback
I'm just throwing it out there, but what if Tim Tebow is really just a one-year wonder? What if he can't improve as a quarterback and the team suffers from offensive incompetency.
Enter Jason Campbell.
Coming off an injury, Campbell would be a cheap but reliable backup/just-in-case Tebow doesn't work out in 2012.
While not an elite quarterback, when he was with the Washington Redskins, his passing yards and completion percentage increased each year. Then, he went to Oakland Raiders and their no-name receivers, and his numbers suffered.
Until his injury happened, his 2011 season was pretty decent. In six games, he threw for nearly 1,2000 yards, his completion percentage was over 60 percent (though if you discount his game against the Houston Texas, his completion percentage is much higher), and was averaging a touchdown pass per game.