During the anticipated wait for the NFL's Free Agency period to begin, I thought I could get the Staff here at Mile High Report to chime in on the one Free Agent they thought the Denver Broncos simply must pursue. I found that each person had a different idea on the direction our team should take. Here are the results.
Eric Winston, RT
He's easily the best tackle available in Free Agency, and one of the best Right Tackles in the entire NFL. Winston has been a main cog in the Houston Texans vaunted running game, would instantly improve our Offensive line. If we sign him, we could move Franklin to Guard. No matter who is Quarterbacking the team, Winston should be atop the Denver Broncos Free agency wish-list.
Stephen Tulloch, LB
The Broncos need help at linebacker and at 27, Tulloch is in the prime of his career. After spending his first 5 seasons in Tennessee, Tulloch signed a 1-year deal with the Lions in 2011 and amassed 92 tackles and 3 sacks. Joe Mays was the starting MLB for the Broncos in 2011 and Tulloch would provide the Broncos a huge upgrade at a position of need.
Cortland Finnegan, CB.
The Broncos need a number 2 corner, opposite Champ Bailey. Cortland is arguably the top corner on the market, with Brandon Carr getting a lot of attention from the Cowboys. Finnegan is known for being a dirty player on the field and a community focused, stand-up guy off the field. In my opinion, we could use a little attitude on defense, especially after giving up 40+ points in 5 separate games.
Jess (via iphone from Puerto Rico)
I too think Cortland Finnegan is the must have acquisition. He brings that Romanowski-brand of intensity that we've been missing for too long. I want opposing players to at least think about being afraid when playing us.
Vincent Jackson, WR
We have seen him dominate is over the years with his extreme ability to go up and get the ball. It would be a huge gain for us while taking away from the enemy. We dont have a receiver like him and if Manning would come here, it would be a very dynamic duo
London Fletcher, ILB
At 36 years old, Fletcher has discovered the fountain of youth, amassing113 tackles, 31 assists and 59 solo stops in 2011. He has never missed a game in his career and would add a significant upgrade to the pass defense for Denver, limiting QBs to a 69.2 passer rating throwing into his area of the field. He also can make an impact in the backfield with 8 QB pressures, 7 additional QB hits, and 2 additional QB sacks. His presence would lend an immediate captain and leader in the lockeroom, replacing Dawkins’ presence. While it won’t be easy to pry him away from Washington, he should still be less expensive than premium FA LB Tulloch, while also commanding less long term commitment while drafted Broncos continue to develop. In the effort to get him, no factor may be larger than Manning, who came into the league the same year as Fletcher. The two have followed eachother’s careers with mutual admiration, and most recently, Manning surprised Fletcher with an autographed helmet at the Probowl.
Mario Williams, DE/OLB
A 9 Sack Average over 6 years and the versatility to play in the 3-4 and the 4-3 make Williams my ultimate choice. Pressure the Quarterback and sooner or later, he will make a mistake. Meanwhile, you punish him until he makes that mistake. Stacking him up with Elvis Dumervil or Von Miller would strike fear in the enemy.
There you have it. Who is your one Free Agent choice MHR?