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After a neck injury forced Brian Dawkins to retire and Andre Goodman was released, the Denver Broncos looked to add youth to play alongside 11-time Pro Bowler, Champ Bailey. They found that youth in Mike Adams, Tracy Porter, Drayton Florence, Omar Bolden and Chris Harris.
The Broncos signed Adams in March and he will take over Dawkins' position and be responsible for getting the secondary lined up. This move allows Quinton Carter to transition to his more natural strong safety position. Carter previously played free safety after taking Rahim Moore's starting position last October, finishing with interceptions in both playoff games last season.
Porter and Florence were added to the secondary to compete with Bailey as cornerbacks. In 43 games, Porter recorded 227 tackles, seven interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. At 25 years old, Porter adds youth to a Denver secondary that was quickly aging under Bailey and Dawkins. Florence, a 10-year veteran, was picked up after the Bills released him following the 2011 season. Florence started in 45 games in the past three years and has a career 17 interceptions. Florence signed a two-year deal, saying a factor of his signing was his familiarity with new defensive coordinator, Jack Del Rio. Del Rio was the head coach at Jacksonville when Florence played there.
The Broncos drafted Omar Bolden in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft from Arizona State. Bolden is expected to be Bailey's successor either this season or next. Head coach, John Fox, raved that Bolden "definitely looked like a first-round type of talent in our mini-camp." Bolden suffered ACL injuries in 2009 and last spring before the 2011 season. If he can stay healthy, he could make a youthful impact in the secondary.
Chris Harris was an undrafted rookie last year who took over the nickel back position by Week 7 and finished the 2011 season as the secondary's best tackler. Adding his youth and productivity to the secondary would help the Broncos' defense get back to the Orange Crush glory days.