Horse Tracks: Grading the Denver Broncos offseason

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With the Denver Broncos offseason acquisitions just about finished, lets take a look at who they gained and who they lost this offseason.

Gained:

1. Defensive End/Pass Rusher DeMarcus Ware:

The Broncos signed the former Cowboy to a three-year, $30 million dollar deal ($20 million guaranteed). The soon to be 32 year old Ware will pair with Von Miller to give the Denver Broncos one of the best pass rushing duos in the NFL.

2. Safety T.J Ward:

The Broncos signed the former Cleveland Browns hard hitting safety to a rather friendly four-year, $22.5 million contract. The deal contains $13.5 million guaranteed. Ward will give the Broncos a presence a safety that have been missing for a very long time.

3. Cornerback Aqib Talib:

When the Broncos parted ways with future Hall Of Famer cornerback Champ Bailey they went out and found his replacement in former Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib. The Broncos signed Talib to a lofty six-year, $57 million dollar contract.

4. Wide Receiver Emmanuel Sanders:

The Denver Broncos stole receiver Emmanuel Sanders away from the rival Kansas City Chiefs this offseason. The former Pittsburgh Steeler signed a three-year, $15 million contract. The deal contains $6 million guaranteed. Sanders will slide in as the Broncos number two receiver in the offense replacing Eric Decker.

5. Guard/Center William Montgomery:

The Broncos signed Montgomery to compete for a roster spot along the interior spots in the offensive line. Montgomery signed a 1 year, $1.3 million dollar deal with the Broncos.

6. Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. :

The Broncos put a second round tender on Harris. He is recovering from a partially torn ACL injury which he suffered against the San Diego Chargers in the playoffs. Look for Harris to be good to go for the season opener and be the Broncos number two cornerback.

Other signings: CB Tony Carter(Tendered), DT Mitch Unrein(Tendered), WR Andre Caldwell, OT Winston Justice, DT Marvin Austin, and S Duke Ihenacho.

Lost:

1. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard:

Woodyard signed with the Tennessee Titans, and expects to start at inside linebacker for their defense.

2. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

DRC signed with the New York Giants and expects to be a starter for them at cornerback.

3. Running Back Knowshon Moreno:

After having a career year in 2013, Moreno signed with the Miami Dolphins and expects to be their lead back in their offense.

4. Defensive End Robert Ayers:

The Giants signed the former first round pick to be a rotational defensive end in their defense.

5. Wide Receiver Eric Decker:

After having two big years with the Broncos, Eric Decker hauled in a decent sized contract with the New York Jets. Look for Decker to be their number one receiver in their newly revamped offense.

6. Defensive End/Linebacker Shaun Phillips:

Phillips joins Woodyard in Tennessee to play in their new 3-4 defense. Look for Phillips to be a situational pass rusher for the Titans.

7. Cornerback/Safety Champ Bailey:

The future Hall of Famer signed with the New Orleans Saints. Look for Bailey to play cornerback and safety for Rob Ryan.

8. Guard Zane Beadles:

Beadles signed a big contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Look for Beadles to play left guard and block for Blake Bortles.

2014 Draft Picks:

1. Cornerback Bradley Roby

2. Wide Receiver Cody Latimer

3. OT/G Michael Schofield

5. LB Lammin Barrow

6. C Matthew Paradis

7. LB Corey Nelson

Those are the players that the Denver Broncos have added to their roster in 2014. Now it's up to you guys to grade how John Elway and John Fox did this offseason! What's your grade on the 2014 offseason Mile High Report?

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