The Broncos have had two really good years, and now it's time to spend some money hopefully to have two more years of excellent football. Not winning the Super Bowl is disappointing, but to me the most important issue is keeping the team winning year in and year out. The SB is one game played on one day, but the season lasts months, and it's hard to watch 17 plus weeks of bad football. Let's hope Denver spends it's money appropriately to keep fans glued to the games all next season and even the season after.
At the bottom of this post are the first couple of rumors on Beadles. I'm not sure why Beadles is a lineman that a few very vocal fans want to hate on. He's never cost the Broncos a single game, and he's done far more positive things than negative ones. And "upgrading" him through the draft or FA isn't going to be easy or cheap. Rather than depending on what fans claim to see, the stats say Beadles is as good or better than any member of the OL.
Coaches don't care about PFF grades. PFF grades are a poor predictor of anything. PFF grades sell subscriptions and rile up fans. That's about it. Coaches rely on stat analysis, All 22 film and feedback from other players and coaches. Based on those three things, Beadles is going to be paid well over the next 4 or 5 years. So it's possible Beadles will be with another team next season because of his cost and not his skill set. Right now it's hard to predict.
Rotoworld ranks Beadles in the top six FA guards. What an FA gets paid is based on three things, how good he is, how many FA's are available compared to how many teams want an FA for that position and how much pressure a team feels to fill a void in relation to how much cap space they have.
If a player were entering FA during 4 different seasons, his contract offers would vary significantly. In addition, the size of the contract is not the issue, it's the guaranteed money that's in the deal. Guaranteed money is very important. Chris Kuper is a case in point. His contract money was large, but his smaller guaranteed portion kept Denver of getting hit too hard from his injuries. I believe Kuper has now been paid the guaranteed part of his contract and could be released at anytime if coaches feel he's not sturdy or able to play at a high level.
One thing to remember is agents like high numbers and are willing to take lower guarantees to get higher numbers. High numbers attract future clients while stroking the egos of current clients. That works because most NFL players don't have degrees in economics and don't understand the difference between current liquidity and projected net worth.
Beadles has never been injured, so he's not suspect physically in any way. That counts for more than most fans might realize.
By March 9th Beadles may have a good idea of how things are going to play out, and sometime between March 11 and the end of the month, he will know, and so will Broncos fans.
In that regard, Joe Soriano said the following:
Denver Broncos guard Zane Beadles actually had a down year this season following his 2012 Pro Bowl campaign, but he is on track to receive a pretty lucrative deal in the offseason as one of the top guards available. He’s a very good pass blocker, a decent run blocker, and he has a great amount of versatility due to his ability to play at either guard or tackle (on either side of the field, too). While it’s far from ideal to play him at, say, left tackle, he could do it if his team were in a huge pinch.
ESPN NFL Nation’s Vaughn McClure wrote yesterday that Beadles could be a possibility for the Atlanta Falcons, and this isn’t off-the-cuff speculation either. McClure said that somebody told him that Beadles "might fit nicely in Atlanta".
Signing Beadles would be a win for the Falcons this offseason, especially if he comes at the right price. This is a guy who should get around $5 million per year due to his solid play and versatility. Even though the Falcons need a tackle the most, they have huge needs all over the line and have had one of the worst pass blocking units in the NFL over the past few seasons. The Falcons line reached new lows in both pass pro and run blocking last season, with Matt Ryan having the unfair task of operating behind an incompetent front. That should change with some big upgrades this offseason, and Beadles would be a very nice starting right guard for this squad.