5 Free Agent Targets for the Denver Broncos After Russell Wilson Trade

NFL QB Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
NFL QB Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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NFL QB Russell Wilson #3 of the Denver Broncos (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

The Denver Broncos have a roster built to win now, and it is clear that the front office in Denver agrees with that assessment. General manager George Paton sent four picks — all within the first two rounds — as well as three players (QB Drew Lock, DL Shelby Harris, TE Noah Fant) to Seattle for superstar quarterback Russell Wilson.

The team had to use a decent amount of resources to pull off this trade, but it’s a trade that you do 100 out of 100 times. Because of the trade, they must be smart with their additions through free agency and the draft. It remains to be seen exactly how much money they’ll be able to spend on free agents, but this is an all-in move so one can assume that cap implications are more of an afterthought.

Denver Broncos: Free Agents They Could Sign

We have to remain realistic. It is unlikely that Denver will be able to sign all the best players on the market. If they are smart with their moves, they should be able to take advantage of some “ring-chasers”. The biggest needs are still right tackle, linebacker, safety, and depth on the edge. Let’s see what veterans make the most sense to join Russ in the Mile High City for a run at a championship in this wide open window.

KJ Wright, Linebacker

(1 yr / 5 mil)

We start off with a former teammate of Russell Wilson. KJ Wright is far-removed from his days as a key member of the Legion of Boom. While he isn’t the player he used to be, Wright provides valuable experience and is still capable of making impact plays on the field. New defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero would more-than-welcome the veteran leadership, and he is a good fit to slot in as a starter at inside linebacker.