Klis: Denver likely to sign top free agent center

Last updated: Mar 9, 2015 11:44 AM

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! We're just nine days away from the new league year and the start of free agency, and speculation is starting to ramp up.

Once past a terrible analogy between John Elway's Broncos and George Steinbrenner's Yankees (and Klis covered baseball...WTF?), Mike Klis says Denver is "almost certain" to sign a top free agent centers, perhaps one of KC's Rodney Hudson or Oakland's Stefen Wisniewski.

FWIW, Hudson graded out at plus-13.0 in 2014, while the son nephew of Steve posted a minus-2.5 grade. In 2013, Wisniewski was at plus-11.4, while Hudson was at plus-4.4.

A look at the top contracts for centers would suggest Denver may need to shell out an AAV of $6M-$8M to land either player.

Klis's short list of top free agent targets also includes Miami tight end Charles Clay and Baltimore defensive end Pernell McPhee. Oddly enough, Clay's overall blocking grade from PFF was plus-0.5 in 2014, tied with none other than Julius Thomas. But Clay got to that figure in opposite fashion - with a solid plus-3.4 grade in run blocking, but a poor minus-2.9 in pass protection.

McPhee was a whopping plus-28.4 in limited snaps, while posting the second highest Pass Rush Productivity figure among 3-4 outside linebackers, trailing only the Chiefs' Justin Houston.

Obviously, Denver isn't going to sign all of these guys, because why would they broadcast all of their plans to Klis? But at the same time, we shouldn't dismiss at all as a smokescreen. Just a year ago, it was widely reported that the Broncos would go hard after T.J. Ward, and that's exactly what happened.

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