When you play an even front defense, as Denver did until recently, you often look for a squatty, snarling defensive tackle who bathes infrequently and dines on raw meat. That’s your basic nose guard. You want him as large as possible, while still maintaining his footwork.
When you play a Phillips defense, as the Broncos will do again starting in 2015, you tend to focus on footwork, hand-fighting, and quickness. Malcom Brown of Texas can be a monster in any system. It will make him highly sought after in next month's draft.
As expected, the Broncos gained four compensatory picks for the 2015 Draft, giving them 10 selections overall. Denver received one fourth-rounder, a sixth-rounder, and two seventh-rounders. Our draft choice tracker has been updated accordingly.
The team has its own selections in the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth rounds, within which they will pick 27th or 28th. Denver dealt away their own fourth-rounder to move up for Cody Latimer last year, and their seventh-rounder went to the Giants in exchange for Brandon McManus. They also have Chicago's fifth-rounder, acquired in a move out of the fourth round in 2014.
According to multiple reports, the NFL is finally moving towards elimination of its antiquated and fan-screwing television blackout rule. The league will suspend the policy for 2015, and will apparently reevaluate next offseason.
Here are the details on Darian Stewart's contract with the Broncos, according to Aaron Wilson:
The Broncos may try Bradley Roby at free safety and will sign a veteran free agent center to compete with Matt Paradis, as John Elway tells Mike Klis. Speaking at the annual league meeting in Phoenix, Elway says of Roby,
He can tackle, he's tough, and that safety has to be a cover guy there. There are a lot of different combinations you need to play because the game is changing. Instead of having a strong safety, you want both of them to play center field.
For Eric Kendricks, it’s been a spring rerun. He’d been through all this years before with his brother, Mychal. Currently with Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles, people doubted Mychal for many of the same reasons that some doubt Eric.
Mychal was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. But he was questioned because he was ‘too short’, at 5’11”. Mychal has recorded 264 total tackles, nine sacks, three interceptions, and five forced fumbles in his three-year career. Eric isn’t shy about mentioning this.
The Colts announced that they've agreed to terms with former Broncos linebacker Nate Irving. According to Josina Anderson, it's a three-year deal worth "up to $9.25M." Of course, all that matters there are the guarantees and the base value, but either way, Irving is gone, and probably for far more than Denver would have paid him.
Denver agreed with a presumable replacement for Irving on Thursday, to the tune of a minimum-salary one-year deal with Reggie Walker.
The Broncos have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent linebacker Reggie Walker, it was announced on Thursday. In four seasons with Arizona and two more with San Diego, Walker (6-0, 244) has 98 career tackles, along with 3.5 sacks, four passes defensed, and a fumble forced.
According to Mike Klis, Walker got a $50K signing bonus, $745K (veteran minimum) salary, and can earn another $200K in playing time incentives.
Jacob Tamme has indeed opted to join the Atlanta Falcons over re-signing with Denver, where he spent his last three seasons:
I'm thankful for my @Broncos teammates & coaches and very much enjoyed my time being in Denver. A great organization and city.— Jacob Tamme (@JacobTamme) March 19, 2015
The Broncos had reportedly hoped to re-sign free agents Mitch Unrein and Jacob Tamme, but it now appears that both will be gone. According to ESPN's Vaughn McClure, Tamme has reportedly agreed to a deal with Atlanta, where he was visiting on Wednesday. McClure suggests Denver may still be in the picture, though, and Mike Klis reports that Denver finally made Tamme an offer during his trip.
Tamme, who turned 30 four days ago, has been a teammate of Peyton Manning's for all seven of his NFL seasons. Given that he took a $4M pay cut recently, we imagine Manning would be especially irked for Denver to lose his close friend over perhaps a matter of six figures.