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Report: Kayvon Webster moving to safety if Rahim Moore out

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Unless the Broncos get a "major hometown discount" from safety and impending UFA Rahim Moore, they'll be looking for his replacement. And that search starts within.

Rahim Moore (26) and Kayvon Webster (36) combine to tackle a Dolphins player in 2014.
Rahim Moore (26) and Kayvon Webster (36) combine to tackle a Dolphins player in 2014.
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Denver Broncos safety and impending unrestricted free agent Rahim Moore is likely on his way out of Denver, according to a report.

"Rahim Moore is probably gone, unless he were to take a major hometown discount and come back at next to nothing," Brandon Spano of Mile High Sports radio 94.1 FM Denver said Wednesday (embed below), citing a source.

Moore was the Broncos' 2nd round pick in 2011 and has been the Broncos starting free safety since 2012. Outside of his infamous failure to cover Jacoby Jones in Denver's 2012-2013 Divisional Playoff loss, he's been a serviceable, at times solid member of the secondary for the Broncos.

They're looking very aggressively at the NFL draft at safeties

So, if the Broncos aren't going to get a "major hometown discount" from Moore, how do they replace Rahim?

"I'm told that they're looking very aggressively at the NFL draft at safeties," Spano said. "And one player has been approached at possibly making a move into safety and is expected to compete at camp as a safety, and that one player is Kayvon Webster."

This is where things get interesting. In a lot of ways, the move for Webster makes sense. The Broncos are stacked at cornerback - Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr., and Bradley Roby each played well enough in 2014 to keep Webster sidelined for most cornerback duties.

Plus, there are reasons to believe Webster can make the transition. He's always been a solid tackler, and physically, Moore and Webster are very similar. Webster is listed at 5'11", 198 lbs. while Moore is listed at 6'1", 195, even though Moore regularly weighs in at 180, according to Spano.

Plus, "'Kayvon is way faster than Rahim,'" Spano said one player told him.

Finally, the Broncos have been known to experiment with their secondary in the past. In 2013, Omar Bolden switched from cornerback to safety and stuck there as a backup the entire year. He moved back to cornerback in 2014, but it shows there's a history of the Broncos being willing to move a guy if they see a benefit.

"They like Kayvon Webster's play so much, they want to get him on the field. They think he has a lot to offer, but there's just nowhere to get him on the field as a corner."