The Denver Broncos have added quality talent so far this offseason in free agency. Their moves have given clues as to what positions they felt were the most important to address.
By adding strong safety T.J. Ward to the secondary, it sends the message that they want more toughness on defense. He is an intimidating force who can crush opponents. This move makes third-year pro Duke Ihenacho a reserve player who can continue to develop behind Ward.
The move to acquire cornerback Aqib Talib came down to price. The Broncos didn’t want to overpay last year’s top corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and they quickly moved to add Talib off the open market. His presence gives the team a true shutdown corner—and more toughness on defense.
Bringing in future Hall of Fame pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware was a master stroke by general manager John Elway. Ware is an upgrade over Shaun Phillips, last year’s leader in sacks. Moving on from Dallas, the veteran Ware will now play with a chip on his shoulder to prove he’s still near the top of his game. He makes the defense more dangerous—and tougher.
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The Broncos weren’t limited to making moves on the defensive side of the ball. Their final big move in free agency was to add wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
In addition to adding free agents from other teams, the Broncos also kept a couple of their own free agents.
Wide receiver Andre “Bubba” Caldwell returns to compete for a spot on the depth chart. Offensive tackle Winston Justice was recently re-signed in order to give the team more depth at the tackle position.
With all these moves, the Broncos are looking stronger in 2014. However, they are far from finished. During the rest of the offseason, they’ll continue shaping and molding the roster that they hope will get them back to the Super Bowl.
Here’s a look at the top remaining offseason priorities for the Broncos.