The NFL free agency has kicked off and in Denver Broncos fashion, there is absolute silence coming out of Dove Valley for most of the day. Each year as the free agency and draft approaches, critics and fans alike start mock drafts and mocks free agency picks for the Broncos, which usually brings a false enthusiasm to the Mile High City because the Denver Broncos have not made a splash in the free agency since John Elway brought Peyton Manning to Denver.
One of the downfalls to being a Broncos fan, are the days and weeks leading up to free agency. While local sportscasters are spending their time on the airwaves and TV, expressing their “professional,” opinions about who the Broncos should draft or pick up in free agency, it’s extremely rare that the Broncos are ever remotely close to those predictions.
Case and point, the Denver Broncos ended their first day of free-agency with two signings late in the day, while other teams like the Oakland Raiders who came out fast and furious on Monday, signing Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers, and L.A. Rams safety LaMarcus Joyner, and talks about Oakland trying to lure Pittsburgh running back La’Veon Bell.
The Broncos made waves late in the day with the signing of Houston Texans defensive back (DB), Kareem Jackson and Miami Dolphins offensive lineman (OL) Ja’Wuan James. Though Denver’s picks don’t carry the same trending names they still managed to pick up two great free agents who can help the Broncos immediately.
The James deal lands the biggest OL contract in the NFL, with teams that bring James to Denver for four-years for $52 million, which includes $32 million in guaranteed money. The Jackson deal was also hefty, bringing the DB to Denver for three years for $33 million, which includes $23 million in guaranteed money.
There are still plenty of free agents on the market worthy of a deal in Denver. Center Matt Paradis is one who Denver lost to free agency. Paradis has agreed to a three year deal with the Carolina Panthers that’s worth $27 million with $13.5 million in guaranteed money. Sources say that Denver offered Paradis a one year deal to stay in Denver. Denver’s two previous losing seasons might have likely been the deciding factor in keeping Paradis leaving Denver.
In others sports the Denver Nuggets have won one of their last four games, one of which took place Friday night in the Bay area when Denver took on the Western Conference leading Golden State Warriors. The Nuggets lost 122-105.
This week the Nuggets are at home to host the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Dallas Mavericks and the Indiana Pacers, before heading out on a four game road trip which begins in Boston next Monday.