Evening all! Some interesting news coming out today about the various tenders being offered by the Broncos, but that's being looked at on many more informed posts than mine. Thought I'd have a little fun and try to assemble a makeshift roster of free agents sourced from NFL.com earlier today, although new names seem to be getting added as we go...just a bit of fun really. Be kind with your critiques. The recommended starters are in bold.
QB - David Carr UFA; Kyle Boller UFA; Chad Pennington UFA; Jason Campbell RFA; Kyle Orton RFA (ok, so yes I'm biased!!)
RB - Ronnie Brown RFA; Willie Parker UFA; Lendale White RFA; Kevin Faulk UFA; Brian Westbrook UFA; LaDainian Tomlinson UFA; Thomas Jones UFA (to be confirmed!)
FB - Justin Griffith UFA; John Kuhn RFA; Verron Haynes UFA
WR - Brandon Marshall RFA (see Kyle Orton - and might as well get one last game out of him before he departs, huh?); Miles Austin RFA; Torry Holt UFA; Vincent Jackson RFA; Kevin Walter UFA (the new Eddie Mac?); Lance Moore RFA (a faster slot man to replace Stokley?); Malcolm Floyd RFA; Terrell Owens UFA
TE - Owen Daniels RFA (was lighting up the league until his injury); Ben Watson UFA; Bo Scaife RFA; Tony Scheffler RFA (you noticing a trend here among Broncos players?); Brandon Manumaleuna UFA
OT - Marcus McNeill RFA; Donald Penn RFA; Tyson Clabo RFA; Jammal Brown RFA; Mark Tauscher UFA; Chad Clifton UFA
OG - Stephen Neal UFA; Max Jean-Gilles RFA; Rex Hadnot UFA; Rob Sims RFA (very under-rated); Logan Mankins RFA (very over-rated IMO); Jahri Evans RFA; Kynan Forney UFA; Chris Kuper RFA
C - Chris Spencer RFA; Rudy Niswanger RFA; Kevi Mawae UFA
DE - Julius Peppers UFA; Marcus Spears RFA; Dwan Edwards UFA; Ray Edwards RFA; Nick Eason UFA;
DT - Anthony Hargrove RFA; Tank Johnson UFA; William Joseph UFA; Jimmy Kennedy UFA
OLB - Elvis Dumervil RFA (yep, don't need to say anything do I?); Thomas Howard RFA; Aaron Kampman UFA; Shawne Merriman RFA; Thomas Davis RFA
ILB - Gary Brackett UFA; Ahmad Brooks RFA; DeMeco Ryans RFA; Karlos Dansby UFA; Larry Foote UFA; Derrick Johnson RFA (Is this the strongest area of the squad?)
CB - Dunta Robinson UFA; Leigh Bodden UFA; Marlin Jackson RFA; Richard Marshall RFA; Ellis Hobbs RFA; Ken Lucas UFA;
S - Antoine Bethea RFA; Atari Bigby RFA; Kevin Kaesviharn UFA; Hamza Abdullah RFA; Ryan Clark UFA; Jermaine Phillips UFA; Darren Sharper UFA (but he's done!)
K - Neil Rackers UFA; Jay Feely UFA; Billy Cundiff RFA; Stephen Gostkowski RFA; Shayne Graham UFA
P - Hunter Smith UFA; Sam Koch RFA
PR - Josh Reed UFA
KR - Darren Sproles RFA
So. There you go. I must say, I'm not too disappointed with this roster. Some expansion teams weren't this strong! Have a bit of a laugh at this, but when you get into it, there are a few positions which stand out as being just a little threadbare - DT is particularly sparse. Shows you that teams are hanging on to those gems in the middle of the trenches, which is sadly where we need them the most. I wonder if this revelation will lead us to draft a DT in April....??? And given the dearth of talent there, I think my team's going to have to play the 3-4 whether we like it or not!!!
Please free to laugh out loud at my selections, but don't expect a prompt answer until tomorrow - it's gone 11.30pm here in Northern Ireland. I'm off to bed. Enjoy the read....Go Broncs.
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