Grading Broncos Offseason Moves

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As a lot of us Broncos fans may know, there would be a lot of big transaction and trades needed to get the Broncos to have the ability to compete for a playoff spot. The Broncos definitely made some great additions, with some not so great additions as well. I will be ranking all of the moves the Broncos made with a grade A-F.

  1. Melvin Gordon IIIRB
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Grade: C-

The reasoning behind that C- grade is the Broncos already have a pro-bowl caliber RB in Phillip Lindsay. Also, Lindsay has surpassed 1,000 yards rushing his first two seasons in the league, which is quite remarkable for an undrafted free-agent. Personally, this was just a signing that the Broncos didn’t need to spend the additional $16M on a RB that might not be that heavily involved in the offense. It will be interesting to see how the Broncos use Gordon. I believe that Gordon will split snaps with Lindsay. There is no doubt that Melvin Gordon can play some good football, as he showed in previous seasons. However, last year, he had quite a down-year, and that could partially be because he held out for a lot of the season.

The Broncos could have definitely used that money elsewhere. To me, this signing just wasn’t worth it, as there are many other positions that the Broncos need improvements from.

  1. Jurrell CaseyRE
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Grade: A

This was a trade that I really liked for the Broncos. Jurrell Casey is one of the best defensive ends in football. The price that they got him for was a steal. The Broncos gave up a 7th round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to the Tennessee Titans.

The newest addition to the Broncos defensive line, has been selected to four straight pro-bowls from 2015-2019. He was also selected as a member of the Second Team All-Pro in 2013. Also, not to mention, he has only missed five games in his eight years in the league. He is very reliable on the field, when it comes to him not being as injury-prone as some of the other defensive ends we had in the past. This will be a great addition to the Broncos defense, as their pass rush is only getting better. However, with the recent loss of LE, Derek Wolfe, the Broncos will have to find a replacement for him, unless they plan on moving Casey to the left side of the line.

  1. Graham GlasgowOL
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Grade: B+

This was an excellent signing for the Broncos. He was signed to a 4 year/$44M contract with the Broncos. This was an excellent signing because of the versatility of this lineman. In Detroit, he played every position on the line except tackle. If the Broncos planned on using him at center, rather than as a left/right guard, they would have the luxury to do so. This contract is rather large for an offensive lineman. However, his stats back up the contract that he received.

Last year, according to PFF, he did not give up 1 sack the entire season, and that is something that the Broncos can definitely benefit from. Also, in his four years in the league, he has only totaled 16 penalties, which is great news. There were a lot of Broncos lineman last year that were continuously getting called for penalties, and bringing someone into the organization like this, definitely should help their issues with offensive penalties. When Flacco was the starting QB for the Broncos, after 3 weeks, he was already sacked 10 times, which was just another moment of awful Broncos offensive-line play. This addition will help the Broncos with at least one part of the line.

The departure of current starting center, Connor McGovern, the Broncos could have the luxury of starting him at center rather than guard. However, at this point and time, Vic Fangio had reported that they are planning on using him at guard. However, he does like the versatility of the lineman, as they could move him to center, if needed.

  1. Sam MartinP
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Grade: D

The Broncos signed former Lions punter Sam Martin to a 3 year/$7.05M contract this offseason. This acquisition was just not worth it for the Broncos. The reasoning behind that is because he really wasn’t that much greater than their current punter Colby Wadwan.

According to PFF, Martin had 38 punts pinned inside of the 20 last season. Now comparing that to Wadman, he had 35 punts landing inside of the 20 yard line. Also, Martin’s punt average was 45.3 yards, compared to Wadman’s 44.3 yards. This just seems like a waste of $7M over the course of three years because Martin’s stats last season weren’t that much better than Wadman’s stats.

There’s no denying that Martin can punt the ball very efficiently, because in 2016, he averaged 48.5 yards per punt, which was fifth in the league at the time. However, it appeared that the punter they had currently was fine, and this addition was not needed to the team.

  1. A.J. BouyeCB
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Grade: B-

There is currently an article on my website with my opinion on this acquisition. However, with Chris Harris, Jr, gone, it changed things a little bit.

The Broncos traded a draft pick for Bouye, now it appears that entering the 2020 NFL Season, he will be the Broncos CB1. He can play cornerback at a very high level. However, last year, he really struggled. He had a 58.4 rating on PFF, which was actually quite horrible. He was targeted 80 times last season, and allowed 52 completions, which isn’t all that great.

I don’t actually think this is a bad trade for the Broncos. Fangio had said that he had his eye on Bouye for awhile because he seems like a complete CB. I believe that he can excel in Fangio’s system. When Bouye was playing good football, he was arguably one of the best cornerbacks in the league, especially in 2016, and 2017. In 2018, he fell off a little bit, and in 2019, he struggled a lot. I believe that Bouye could definitely excel in Fangio’s system.

  1. Joe FlaccoQB
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Grade: A

This was an excellent move for the Broncos. They released Flacco and that was something they needed to do when he was injured. Drew Lock has proven he can play football and win games. The 35 year old QB was basically out the whole season, with an injury. Releasing him saved the Broncos $10M in cap space, where they can sign someone else that can benefit their team.

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