After observing two years worth of free agency acquisitions thoughts are generated as to current Bronco philosophy re "building" a team over time. The first phase seems to be building a base of competence throughout the roster with an eye towards grabbing potential stars in the draft as talent presents itself. The second phase may mirror New England in terms of moving superior talent BEFORE value drops and stock piling picks that are more designed to take draft shots at what could develop into superior talent.
With the exception of one or two offensive linemen and a backup quarterback it looks like the Broncos have secured a base of competence throughout meaning they have proven, albeit somewhat aged in some cases, personnel at every position. Knowshown and Ayers arguably fit the concept of "shots" at drafting superior talent and others like Bruton, McBath, A. Smith, and Quinn could develop into like talent. Drafting for need rather than talent breeds mediocrity unless one is lucky. Filling initial roster with serviceable FAs gives us an opportunity to win now, buys time to develop raw talent, and allows McX to focus on drafting for potential stardom. Eventually, free agency may play a notably less important role as the roster assimilates draft picks into the active rotation.
The second phase appears much more farsighted and conducive to building a perennial contender. We are hearing that this year's draft is perhaps THE most stocked with talent in history. N.E's acquisition of high picks for this year's draft appears to reflect a degree of thought and planning head and shoulders above the other franchises. Couple last year's youth overhaul with this year's bounty and I'm predicting that N.E. will be revisiting the Super Bowl within two years. By divesting themselves of malcontents or misfits, read that Cutler, Marshall, and Schefler, and stock piling our own high round picks, the Broncos could position themselves in a similar fashion.
The 3rd phase evolves into evaluating the present worth of current stars, such as Baily and Graham, against future worth and deciding when to trade in order to perpetuate the Bronco's ability to focus the draft on bringing in potential stars. Bowlen's track record documents and validates an already superior organization. It appears he and the McX factor are taking the organization to the next level. What a privilege to witness the birth and development of this metamorphosis! It is a good time to be a Bronco fan!