The Denver Broncos’ latest free-agent signing, on the surface, appears to be a replacement for Phillip Lindsay, but below the surface, it could be for another reason that soccer fans overlook.
Mike Boone, who played the past three seasons for the Minnesota Vikings directly under the supervision of new Broncos general manager George Paton, signed a two-year contract with Denver on Wednesday, according to Chris Tomasson from St. Paul Pioneer Press.
“[The] breach of Mike Boone’s contract with the Broncos. In 2021, [he] gets a guaranteed salary of $ 1 million and a signing bonus of $ 1.6M for $ 2.6M guaranteed. In the second year, you receive $ 1.25 million unsecured. It has incentives that could turn it into a deal worth up to $ 4.5 million in two years, “Tomasson tweeted.
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With the Broncos handing Lindsay the RFA bid for the original round, there is sure to be talk that Boone is in the running for the No. 2 running back spot. Boone certainly has some experience.
In 2019, he was available in all 16 games and started two, rushing for 273 yards and three touchdowns, including his 148-yard performance in the season finale against Chicago.
However, they are special teams where Boone has done most of his work. In 2019, he played 221 special teams plays, and in 2020, he played 235.
The Broncos have lacked a special teams gunner for some time. Think back to the days when David Bruton and Kayvon Webster played for the Broncos. Those two defensive running backs certainly contributed to the defense, but the special teams were where they shone.
Interestingly, Boone has a forced fumble under his belt. That happened on a special teams play in Week 4 of the 2020 season. Against the Houston Texans, he stole the ball from return DeAndre Carter, which the Vikings recovered.
That play, which happened at 1:18 in the first quarter and gave the Vikings the ball at the Texans’ 35-yard line, and led to a field goal, resulted in Boone getting special recognition – he was named Player. of Special Teams of the NFC. of the week.
Plays like this may well explain the main reason for this signing. Broncos special teams have lacked playmakers for some time. If Boone can help in that regard, that can only be a good thing.
Of course, Boone will have a chance to make plays as a running back. But this may not simply be about replacing Lindsay. This signing may be more about giving special teams a boost.
It’s easy to forget the importance of special equipment until you realize there is a problem. And special teams coach Tom McMahon has come under fire from Broncos fans multiple times over the past two seasons.
But if Boone can give the special teams gunner the answer, that can only be a good thing. The Broncos have the kicker and the kicker, but the gunner is still a must. Let’s see if Boone can deliver as a gunner.
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