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Off-Season Maintenance Continues For Broncos

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The Broncos have made a major splash in Free Agency so far with the signings of Travis Henry, Daniel Graham and Patrick Ramsey.  They are still talking to the likes of WR Brandon Stokley and DL's Ian Scott and Alfonso Boone.  While it is essential at times to bring in guys from other teams to improve the team, it is just as important to keep some of the pieces from your own locker room to maintain a sense of continuity.

The Broncos did just that the past couple of days, resigning WR/KR Quincy Morgan on Monday and D-Lineman Kenny Peterson yesterday.  Neither one will make headlines outside of Denver, but as I have stated before, it is these types of moves that provide the depth that championship teams need.  

Peterson, signed last October after being released by Green Bay, provides the Broncos with more size and depth on the d-line, an area of glaring weakness last season.  It will also reunite Peterson with Jim Bates, who was Peterson's defensive coordinator in Green Bay.  Peterson's nest season in Green Bay came in 2005 under Bates, with 3 sacks and 18 tackles.

Morgan, signed as a FA last year after being released by the Steelers, played in 7 games for Denver, all as a return man.  After a slow start Morgan came on late in the year to provide a solid return game.  I would like to see Morgan utilized in the offense a bit more.  A 2nd round draft pick of the Browns, Morgan has caught as many as 56 catches and nearly 1000 yards in a season(2002), and while not a featured target could provide the Broncos some versatility in a 3 or 4 wide set.

While Morgan will get the first crack at returning, keep an eye on Domenik Hixon, the 4th round draft pick from Akron, who missed all last season with a foot injury.  Hixon is lightning fast, and was solid as a returner, wide receiver and as a defensive back in college.

While none of this is earth shattering, moves like these keep continuity in the locker room, and keeps players that are familiar with the system in the fold.  Overall, another solid couple fo days for the Broncos.