An unsung hero for our injury riddled defense last year. Got beat out by Nachos early on (then Duke tailed off big time by the end of the year) but filled in admirably for the injured Moore. It's true he's 33 years old, and Elway has stated that he prefers to sign guys that are going to be here for the long haul, but I believe it's a wise idea to resign this guy with Moore's and Quinton Carter uncertainty. Not just because of his experience at safety but his experience overall in the secondary.
Lets not forget that Pops can play CB. He has said himself that he preferred to be labeled a true DB instead of just a safety or CB. He backs up that talk..he's an asset in the running game and he's respectable in the passing game. PFF grades him respectable overall and he's been that way for these past years now.
All it takes is one injury to Moore or Ward (knock on wood) and we're in trouble..cause that would mean we're banking on Carter,who hasn't played in 2 years and was graded pretty terribly the one time he did get ample amount of playing time (-11.5 overall with a -4.7 coverage and -4.1 run, the worst on the team), or Nachos...who's still has a ways to go in terms of being respectable as an all-around safety.
If Bruton had upside as a safety..we'd be seeing more of him by now. Bolden is terrible at life. Huff and Jammer are stop gaps. Anybody else that we pick up is probably going to be a rookie so there's the risk with that.
Pops improves our secondary overall. In a long season, players like him are completely invaluable. Experience, versatility, and respectable play-making ability. He said himself that he would take less money to play for Denver which means that this man wants a damn ring. He's one of those grinders..who doesn't want that on defense? Nobody has shown interest in this guy (most likely because of his age but keep in mind that he has been extremely durable) so his cost is decreasing by the day..he probably won't be signed anytime soon because of the draft coming up so his cost value is going to be at an all-time low.
I trust in Elway's plan...but I hope he strongly considers resigning this man because we actually need what he can still bring. Which is a respectable to solid overall game.