The Denver Broncos may not have any gaping holes to fill, but ultimate success—winning the Super Bowl—comes from the top-to-bottom strength of the roster. If they want to finish what they started this year and get over the one hurdle that they have left, they must pick the ideal free agents to plug into the spots that they have open.
Part of it is for depth. The 2013 season showed just how much that mattered. The team has decent depth already, and it was able to survive a rash of injuries, but it certainly would have helped to have players like Von Miller and Wesley Woodyard in the Super Bowl.
Part of it is also to upgrade at certain positions. Being adequate is not how you win the Lombardi Trophy.
It's you how get into the playoffs and lose.
To excel, you need top-tier talent across the roster. Having it only in certain places makes it easy for an opposing offense to avoid those players or for an opposing defense to key on whom they have to stop.
With just a few key free-agent moves this offseason, the Broncos can reload and get ready for a spectacular 2014.
If they make mistakes, they could burn out early or find, as they did against the Seahawks, that they just do not have the talent to match up when they come up against other elite teams.
Of course, the first thing to do is to give Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie a long-term deal, but there are some significant moves to be made after that.