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Horse Tracks: Should the Denver Broncos sign Bradley Roby to an extension?

Fourth-year cornerback Bradley Roby has had a terrific season for the Denver Broncos. Should the team sign him to a long-term contract this offseason?

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Good morning, Broncos Country.

It’s been a whirlwind season for the Denver Broncos, who finally got back in the win column after their tremendous performance against the New York Jets this past Sunday. Without question, that win served as a huge morale booster for the team and should ignite their ability to have success throughout the remainder of this year’s regular season. For the past two months, there hasn’t been many positive things to write about in respect to our beloved Broncos, but even in a struggling season, there are some bright spots worth mentioning.

One of those things is the play of fourth-year cornerback Bradley Rob. Most certainly, he has demonstrated his worth as the team’s third cornerback and has played admirably when asked to step up into the number two role. According to Gil Brandt, Roby has one of the best burn percentages in the league among corners and Pro Football Focus has him graded out as one of the Top 15 corners in the NFL.

On the season, Roby has 65 tackles, a sack, 13 passes defended, two interceptions and a forced fumble. Those gaudy numbers in regard to passes defended are top three in the National Football League. In nearly four years with the team, Roby has amassed 180 total tackles, 2 acks, 47 passes defended, six interceptions, two defensive touchdowns and five forced fumbles. Those are big time numbers, and show that Roby has been well worth the first-round selection John Elway and the franchise used on him in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Prior to the season, the team picked up his fifth-year option for the 2018 league year, where he is scheduled to make roughly $8.5 million. With that being said, should the Broncos reward him with a long-term deal that demonstrates he is the future in the team’s secondary? I certainly believe so.

One of the greatest strengths on the roster is the team’s depth at cornerback and it’s an absolute blessing to have players like Roby, Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. on the squad. If Denver wants to remain a formidable defense in the years to come, they would be smart to lock up Roby, who is one of only a few homegrown players who have had such great success. Some may believe the Broncos should use a ‘wait and see’ approach with Roby and see how he does next season before giving him a long-term deal, but I believe the longer they wait — the higher his price tag will be.

Cornerback is one of the league’s most premium positions. There are many teams in the NFL who could use significant upgrades at the position, and I have no doubts that Roby would be a top-flight starter, perhaps even a number one corner on a lot of teams. If they wait until the end of next season, they may force themselves into a scenario where the free agent market makes resigning him nearly impossible.

He’s going to get a lot of cash either way, and I’d love to see the Broncos and Roby come to a long-term agreement that keeps him in orange and blue for many years to come at the end of this season. It’s the right thing to do and most importantly, he definitely deserves it. One of the best recipes for long-term success in the NFL is rewarding and keeping the players you’ve drafted and developed.

It will be pricey, but the Broncos can’t afford to lose Roby. In the words of Teddy KGB from Rounders, “Pay that man. Pay that man his money.”

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