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John Elway plans to be aggressive next week, but which big-ticket players can he land for the Broncos?

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Good Saturday morning, Broncos Country!

The NFL Free Agency shopping spree begins in five days, and the Broncos have a long list of positions needing to be filled with a somewhat corresponding list of choices.

C.J. Mosley is perhaps the most sought-after of this 2019 crop, but his price tag is likely out of the Broncos’ range, given that John Elway has several positions he’d probably like to fill through free agency and must do so with under $40 million in cap space.

On the Something Something Broncos podcast this week, we brought in our resident Draft/Free Agency expert Christopher Hart to talk about college prospects, free agent possibilities and some of the best - or at least most doable - combinations for the Broncos in 2019.

I have been on the Devin-White-in-the-first-round bandwagon, but given his great performance at the Combine, along with the Case Keenum trade to the Redskins that will necessitate a QB in the draft, it seems unlikely the stars will align for White to the Broncos.

But there’s still a lot of excitement around potential free agent fits and how those could open up things for the Broncos in the draft.

On the podcast we each gave the one free agent we most hoped/thought Elway could land:

Hart - Ja’waun James, RT, Miami Dolphins

Laurie - Bryce Callahan, cornerback, Chicago Bears

Tim - Landon Collins, safety, NY Giants

Jess - C.J. Mosley, ILB, Baltimore Ravens

Of course, any of these four would be outstanding impact players on the Broncos, so just one would improve the team immediately.

But since Broncos can’t get all four and yet still need a cornerback, safety, tackle and linebacker as starters, Hart had a great scenario for Elway in free agency - Adrian Amos, Bears’ safety, who has familiarity with Ed Donatello and Vic Fangio; Ja’wuan James, Dolphins’ right tackle who worked in Miami with former Broncos’ guard and now current assistant OL coach Chris Kuper; and Jordan Hicks, inside linebacker at the Eagles who is young and fast and not as expensive as Mosley.

“So you come out of free agency and we’ve got that inside linebacker for Fangio, we’ve got a safety who understands the coverage schemes and can be one of the stalwarts beside Chris Harris Jr., and then that offensive tackle to bolster the line for Munchak,” Hart said. “Then you go into the draft shoring up multiple needs, and you can really do what you what to do.”

I can handle this scenario. How about you, Broncos Country?


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