Although we’ll still see a constant flow of signings throughout the rest of the offseason, the free agency “frenzy” has just about wrapped up. Many teams made early splashes, but there might not be a team that did as well as the Denver Broncos.
Free Agency is far from over, but there are few teams that can argue they did better during the first 36 hours of the 2014 season.
The team began with a pedestrian move, re-signing receiver Andre Caldwell. The former third-round pick signed a two-year deal that didn’t come costly for Denver. Caldwell is a nice player to have tucked away on the roster, especially in today’s hard-hitting NFL.
It’s no secret that the Broncos’ secondary needed help; the unit ranked 27th last year in pass defense. John Elway’s staff certainly bolstered the defense early, signing T.J Ward and Aqib Talib. Both will play a big role in the defense for the 2014 season.
Coming from New England, Talib is staying in the AFC and will be battling some familiar faces. ESPN reported that the cornerback’s deal will be worth $57 million dollars over six years.
Ward seems like an incredible fit. The Broncos desperately need help with their run defense and Ward, an in-the-box player, will provide much needed help. Ward’s deal averages 5.5 million dollars a year according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
The team ended Wednesday afternoon with the signing of DeMarcus Ware. The defensive end was released by Dallas, who also released receiver Miles Austin.
Ware received 20 million dollars in guaranteed money during his deal that averages 10 million per year. Ware is well above average and will fill the spot across from Von Miller on the defensive line.
With Talib, Caldwell, Ward, and Ware all locked up for the 2014 season, is it safe to say that the Broncos won free agency? Let’s just say they’ve done much better than the New England Patriots – a team that has essentially made no moves.