Denver Broncos: 5 Enticing Players John Fox Should Not Target in Free Agency
With the lockout still in place and the Hall of Fame game already cancelled, we can still speculate and discuss the ever intensifying period of free agency that will happen a day or so after an agreement is reached.
I have already profiled players that I feel the Denver Broncos should target once free agency begins, but now let us take a look at some players that Denver should stay away from even though they may seem appealing on the surface.
John Fox understands that he cannot build Rome in a day, but he does understand that necessity of getting vital cornerstones and players for a team that is in a rebuilding process. Without further ado, here we go.
Darren Sproles, Running Back, San Diego Chargers
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The Broncos have been able to see a lot of Darren Sproles, or in their case have not seen, in recent years as his speed has torched the defense consistently wether it is running the ball or catching passes out of the backfield.
The Broncos are in dire need of a running back, but Sproles is not the answer. The Broncos need an every down power back, even the Sproles' speed is enticing and they would like t have him on their side for once, but a bad move.
John Fox needs a durable, between the tackles type of player who can be a force on the ground. Sproles is not that type of player, he is an exciting 3rd down back who has the ability to make big plays. The Broncos need to look elsewhere.
John Henderson, Defensive Tackle, Oakland Raiders
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John Henderson was a Pro Bowl defensive lineman for the Jacksonville Jaguars once upon a time, but it seems the 32-year-old has seen his prime come and go. This is a very enticing player to sign being that he is a seasoned veteran that knows how to play the position and he is a big man physically standing at 6'7" 335 lbs.
Denver needs help in the middle of their defensive line, but Henderson is not it. He had very little production with the Raiders last year, no sacks recorded and he is just a cancer in the locker room.
He has had off the field issues before, unable to control his anger (domestic abuse), and he is not the player he was five seasons ago. Fox is should not be this desperate on the defensive line with so many options out there.
Ronnie Brown, Running Back, Miami Dolphins
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Ronnie Brown has never really lived up to the true hype that surrounded him when he was drafted by the Dolphins. A string of injuries and a lack of consistency have led him to where he is now, wondering where he will end up next season.
Brown has only one 1,000 yard season in his career and Ricky Williams (another free agent) has proved to be a similar counterpart to Brown in the last few seasons.
This would not be a good move for the Broncos, there are so many other options for the Broncos to go besides that of an older running back who has trouble staying on the field because of injury. The Broncos do not need to worry about another running back getting hurt (i.e. last year).
Broncos need to go younger and healthier.
Cullen Jenkins, Defensive End, Green Bay Packers
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Here is another tempting athlete to bolster the defensive line with in Denver, Cullen Jenkins of the Super Bowl winning Green Bay Packers. Jenkins had a tremendous season recording seven sacks on that dominant Packer defense.
However, not a good move for Denver. Jenkins will be asking for a huge paycheck once the free agency period begins and the Broncos simply cannot afford a player like that for the position that he carries. The Broncos need to spend money on running back and defensive tackle.
Jenkins is most effective on the end and the Broncos would be losing out on a lot of other players at positions of need. Jenkins knows how to get to the quarterback which Denver is looking for, but not a good move if they go with the pricey Jenkins.
Running Back Tiki Barber
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Tiki Barber is a big, fat NO!
The Broncos will be going hard after the running back position, but if the Broncos miss out on their big name of DeAngelo Williams and then they are left with scraps, who's left: Tiki Barber.
Now I understand that is a huge hypothetical situation, but when free agency hits, it will be a mad rush for signatures and contract signings. Barber will be waiting for someone to call and the biggest no-no for the Broncos would be being one of the teams to call him.
He is a cancer in the locker room, a player four years past any type of effective productivity and he simply will not be a competitive NFL player.
John Fox loves veterans, but I hope that love only runs so deep.
Who do you want to see the Broncos NOT draft?