Broncos need to get Gary Kubiak a fullback, and his old one is available

Although the Manning Offense doesn't require a fullback, Gary Kubiak's does, and the new head coach says the Broncos will be looking for candidates this week at the combine. Kubes also mentioned that smaller tight ends have often functioned as fullbacks for him, which brings us to James Casey, who was cut by the Eagles on Thursday.

Casey was a fifth-round pick of Kubiak's Texans in 2009, and split his time between fullback and tight end during his four seasons in Houston. He caught 34 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns in 2012, before signing a three-year, $12M deal with Philly. He was due to make $4M in 2015, which is pricey for someone who averaged a meager 170.5 snaps and caught just six passes between 2013 and 2014.

Especially as Kubiak looks to meld his own scheme with the Manning Offense, a fullback adept at catching passes would make a ton of sense, and we wouldn't be surprised to see Casey linked to Denver.

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