Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers is Sacked by Ryan McBean of the Broncos at Mile High on October 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Defensive Lineman Ryan McBean is the next Denver Broncos Free Agent we will look at. McBean is going into his 5th year in the NFL and is a Restricted Free Agent who entered the league as a 4th round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007. Ryan was cut, re-signed to the Practice Squad, activated for one game and cut again by the Steelers. He joined the Broncos in September of 2008 and spent that season on the Practice Squad after competing in Pittsburgh’s training camp to begin the year. McBean started all 14 games he played for the Broncos in 2009 and registered a career-high 25 Tackles as a Defensive End. In 2010, Ryan struggled a bit with the position change to Defensive Tackle. He appeared in all 16 games (4 starts) and made 18 Tackles while recovering one Fumble
Ryan McBean has played 47 games with 21 starts for Denver the last two seasons while totaling 76 tackles during that span. In 2011, McBean made great strides. He registered his first four career Sacks and had 5 Quarterback Hits, both which ranked 4th on the Broncos. He also made 8 Tackles for a Loss (3rd on the team) to go with his career high 33 Tackles. Ryan added 5 Tackles and 1 Tackle For Loss in the Divisional Playoff vs. New England. Not bad for a guy who only played 2 years of College ball.
McBean is very athletic, quick and strong lineman who is fast enough to play at the Defensive End position but just big enough to also succeed in the middle. A solid athlete and a motivated presence on the line. He could improve on his explosiveness off the line. His pass-rushing skills have improved, but he does play tentatively at times and could use a few more moves and wrap up better when tackling.
Free Agent Options
Ryan made $480,000 in 2011. In 2012, he qualifies for a minimum $700,000 salary. As a Restricted Free Agent, the Broncos have first right of refusal should another team make an offer to McBean. Of course, Denver could place a Tag on him, though it is unlikely. For the sake of thoroughness, the Projected Franchise Tender for a Defensive Tackle in 2012 is between $7.89 - $8.193 Million. The Projected Transition Tender is $6.613 - $6.867 Million. Other Free Agents available, include Jeremy Mincey, Aubrayo Franklin, Kelly Gregg, Paul Soliai, Sione Pouha and Antonio Garay among others.
As an RFA, nothing guarantees that Ryan McBean will re-sign with the Broncos, but I believe it would be beneficial for them to do so. What are your thoughts?