The Denver Broncos have been quite active this offseason. They’ve arguably made the biggest splashes in free agency, and they’ve made more than one.
The first move they made, adding strong safety T.J. Ward, will give the team improved play from the secondary. It will also give them added toughness on defense.
Adding cornerback Aqib Talib is an upgrade over last year’s top cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Talib is a better tackler than Rodgers-Cromartie, and he is a true shutdown corner who can eliminate a team’s top receiving threat.
With the addition of defensive end DeMarcus Ware, the Broncos get a future Hall of Fame player with a chip on his shoulder. After a 2013 season that saw him register only six sacks and struggle playing with an elbow injury, Ware is looking to have a bounce-back year in 2014.
The offense also saw an upgrade this offseason.
Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is faster and gets better separation in his routes than Eric Decker. Sanders could have career-best numbers in 2014 catching passes from Peyton Manning. Going from a Todd Haley offense to an Adam Gase offense is the equivalent of going from a Yugo to a Lamborghini.
The Broncos have to get an “A” for their additions in free agency so far. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few moves that could have been different—and better.
Here’s a look at moves the Broncos will regret not making this offseason.