By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole
After being very quiet since the season ended, the Denver Broncos have made a few moves. They picked up Chris Harris, Jr’s option of $1.1 million. This makes his contract for the year guaranteed.
They traded Aqib Talib to the Los Angeles Rams where he will be reunited with Wade Phillips, Denver’s former super bowl winning defensive coordinator. He’ll also be teaming up with another former player, Kayvon Webster.
In the trade, Denver received a fifth round draft pick, and many believe this was a low ball move. However, a source said that he wasn’t happy with Vance Joseph or the way the defense was being run. Publicly, he said everything was swell.
The ERFAs below have been tendered, but now we wait and see which ones stay and which ones could get picked up by other teams.
Bennie Fowler was not tendered. He’s the receiver who caught Peyton Manning’s last pass, which resulted in a two point conversion at the end of SB50. RFAs Matt Paradis and Shaquil Barrett were each given second round tenders. Both could be stolen by other teams since Paradis was an All-Pro and Barrett filled in fairly well for Shane Ray.
”Reports” say that Demaryius Thomas will have his option picked up guaranteeing the rest of his contract (please!). Questions remain though for C.J. Anderson, Derek Wolfe, Brandon Marshall and Cody Latimer.
Troubling news broke this week that could change how and who Denver targets in free agency and the draft. Starting DE Adam Gotsis was arrested and charged with rape from an incident in 2013. The Broncos were informed on the 7th which might tie into why they tried to trade for Tyrod Taylor.
This move seemed to surprise some but note, Taylor is a former protege of Gary Kubiak, one he tried to bring in as a back-up in 2015. It could have been a good deal because he has three years of starting experience, but more importantly, wouldn’t need to be wooed. A FA with three years as a current starter, isn’t going to want to be that guy, he’d want to be the starter.
Why would an arrest matter? Because Gotsis was a top notch DE and Denver’s run stop was second best. If this charge has legs, they will require another DE and he’ll need to be a good one.
With Tyrod out of the running, Gary Kubiak targeted his next protege in, Case Keenum. He was with Vance Joseph in Houston. Matt Schaub, Keenum, Taylor and Siemian are virtually the same guy, mini-mes of Kubiak. 6’2”, steady, average, not flashy, worker bees.
Between Taylor, Siemian and now Keenum, it’s clear that Kubiak is who’s running the show in Englewood, not Elway. We’ll see if it pays out.
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