All I read about a month ago is how Mike Shanahan is losing grip of his ability to effectively act as the General Manager of the Broncos. He brought in nearly every big name free agent in 2007 to fill each glaring need, sans Pat Kearney. He was abjectly crucified by the fans and most of the media, most of who had overlooked the 2006 draft and its wild success, especially with later round and recently undrafted talent.
It was agreed that it would be better for Mike Shanahan to build through the draft, rather than buy overpriced after market parts either cast off from other teams or trying to break the bank.
Then Friday happened, and the Broncos shuffled in and out of conversation, but for the most part, sat idly, and took a few chances on young, second flight talent and depth, and didn't pay any huge sums of money. You may argue that giving Keary Colbert the pay day that the Broncos gave him was excessive, but the Broncos are still a top notch program, and aren't stupid enough to get `duped' into a huge contract. There was reason for Colbert's contract, whether it be competition in the form of another team or simply paying an inflated rate during the 2nd day of Free Agency.
In any case, all I have read in blogs, articles in the major Denver newspapers, and editorial sites is that the Broncos aren't trying very hard and are missing out on some great talent. Does anyone realize how overpriced Free Agents are during the first few weeks of Free Agency? Does anyone really think that a linebacker coming off of a (probably) torn ACL or a malcontent defensive lineman from an underperforming team is the answer to Denver's problems? I hope not, especially at the prices paid. What happened to not filling our holes with overpriced free agents?
Denver has eight picks in the 2008 draft and has the opportunity to fill in most of our holes by way of draft picks. There are still plenty of players who are capable of starting in the NFL that won't be on a roster for months. Remember Montrae Holland and how little fanfare he garnered last offseason? At $1 Million a year, I'd argue that he was our most valuable free agent last year. Compare that to Travis Henry, Sam Adams, Simeon Rice, and Daniel Graham.
All I'm doing here is pointing out that no matter what the Broncos do, the media and especially fans are going to be disappointed or upset. Do you really need ESPN to pat Denver on the back like they did after the Broncos signed Darryl Gardner, or would you rather wait and see what they do in the draft and judge for yourself?