It happens every year in the NFL. Teams that need a little bit extra cap space decide to release some high-priced veteran players who they believe aren't worth what they're being paid. Names like Reggie Bush, Darnell Dockett, Barry Cofield, A.J. Hawk, Jacoby Jones and many others have hit the free agent market this week. These players can still make an impact on an NFL team. So let's take a look at what cap casualties could potentially interest the Denver Broncos.
Receiver/Kick Returner Jacoby Jones:
Jones was recently released by the Baltimore Ravens after playing three seasons for them. The Broncos who may decide to part ways with veteran wide receiver Andre Caldwell in the coming days could look to Jones as a viable replacement.
Jones has played a total of six seasons for current Denver Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak. His best overall season came in 2010 when he caught 51 receptions for 562 yards. Overall he has totaled 203 receptions for 2,733 yards and 14 touchdowns during his 8 years in the NFL.
Where I see Jones making a living on the Broncos is as a kick and punt return specialist. Jones has a career average of 27.4 yards per kick return with 5 career kick return touchdowns. As a punt returner, he averages 10.1 yards per returns, and has 4 career punt returns.
Jones would give the Broncos a duel threat on special teams.
Defensive Tackle Barry Cofield:
It seems unlikely that the Broncos will re-sign defensive tackle Terrance Knighton before Free Agency opens up in a few weeks. So this would leave a big hole in the middle of the Broncos 3-4 defense. This is where I think recently released nose tackle Barry Cofield could help the Denver Broncos.
Cofield is a versatile defensive linemen who can line up anywhere along the defensive line. In his four seasons with the Washington Redskins, Cofield recorded 100 tackles, nine sacks, and 15 pass deflections.
Cofield would add a veteran nose tackle who can compete with former first-round pick Sylvester Williams, and give the Broncos a veteran player who can serve as depth along the defensive line.
Defensive End Darnell Dockett:
The longtime Arizona Cardinals defensive linemen Darnell Dockett was released by the team on Friday after the two sides could not agree on a pay cut.
The soon to be 34-year-old defensive linemen is still recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered back in August.
No matter the logo Im gonna win that comeback player of the year....
— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) February 23, 2015
The Cardinals did not close the door on a possible return, but he may generate some interest on the open market.
Dockett's age and injury do make me cautious, but when healthy he is a solid run defender who can also get after the passer. With the Broncos transitioning to a 3-4 defense, I could see Dockett being a solid reserve player.
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