The Denver Broncos hosted John Abraham and Dwight Freeney on Thursday as options to replace Elvis Dumervil. It’s widely believed that one of the two will end up with the New England Patriots, leaving the other to sign with the Broncos or elsewhere.
Von Miller is amazing, but if the Broncos don’t bring in another pass-rusher he’ll be slowed down by constant double teams. Interest in two established pass-rushers makes sense because the Broncos know they have a small window of opportunity with Peyton Manning as their quarterback and with Miller playing on his rookie contract.
The Broncos are looking for immediate and dependable production, but Dumervil, Abraham and Freeney aren’t the only options. Dumervil will probably be the most expensive because he’s the youngest. Abraham might even be the best choice outside of Dumervil, but he’s also one of the oldest.
The Broncos are being thorough according to Michelle Beisner of NFL Network, which is the smart thing to do. There are more options than just Dumervil, Abraham and Freeney available to the Broncos. Even if Dumervil were to sign with the Ravens and Abraham with the Patriots, the Broncos don’t have to settle on Freeney.
Here are the five players the Broncos should consider signing to replace Dumervil (if they can't re-sign him).