The start of the new NFL league year, and free agency, is a week and a half away and the Denver Broncos have fifth place in the NFL salary cap. Here’s a quick look at four positions general manager George Paton could target during free agency.
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After parting ways with AJ Bouye, the Broncos are skinny at cornerback. Michael Ojemudia and Bryce Callahan could be starters, but Ojemudia is inexperienced and Callahan has a history of injuries. Denver needs a reliable No. 1 cornerback who can start from the outside.
2 inside linebacker
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Josey Jewell stepped up in 2021, but the Broncos defense could use an upgrade at inside linebacker. Alexander Johnson is a restricted free agent and will be bidding, but it probably won’t be a long-term solution. Denver will likely replace at least one of Jewell and Johnson in the starting lineup, if not both.
3 Defensive line
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After releasing Jurrell Casey, the Broncos could use a new starting defensive end and more depth at nose tackle. Denver could fill a big gap in the D line by rehiring Shelby Harris. Even if Harris returns, the Broncos will likely add several defensive linemen this offseason.
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If the Broncos play Drew Lock in 2021, the team will likely want a veteran to be their backup. The list of veteran quarterbacks entering free agency includes Alex Smith (who was cut by Washington on Friday), Ryan Fitzpatrick, Andy Dalton and Tyrod Taylor.