The Denver Broncos figure to lose Shelby Harris and/or Derek Wolfe this offseason to free agency. More than likely it’ll be Harris as he could be seeing a rather large pay day coming his way and Denver isn’t known to spend big outside of a few coveted superstars like Von Miller.
While Wolfe could be re-signed at a respectable deal that still leaves a hole along the defensive line that would need to be filled. That spot could be filled by Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers. The former first round pick in 2012 would be a good addition to the Broncos defensive line if they were to lose Harris to free agency.
What kind of contract could he get
I’d guess somewhere around $10-11 million a year would do it. He is coming off a three-year deal that average a little over $11 million a year and he has mostly lived up to that contract. Spotrac has Shelby Harris upwards of $12 million a year in his deal, so Denver could save a little on that end with a player who is just as good and only a year older.
Why the Broncos should sign him
If Denver loses Harris, they’ll need a quality starter to replace him. Brockers has been a steady and dependable starter throughout his career and would be a stabilizing force if the defensive line were to lose a starter in free agency. Adding Brockers would create a very strong inside run defense that could end up leading the NFL against the run in 2020 if we saw Mike Purcell, Brockers, and Wolfe starting on the inside.
Why the Broncos shouldn’t sign him
Brockers is known as a strong run stuffing defensive tackle, but that has always been kind of Wolfe’s hallmark. What Denver needs is a strong inside pass rush. That is not something I think Brockers would bring to the table if signed by Denver.
Also, one thing many Broncos fans may not realize is that Harris wasn’t the inside pass rusher either. Getting a pass rusher inside could create a perfect storm of pressure that could lead to some contention in 2020.
I feel like the cost would outweigh the benefits here. While Denver does need to add some talent to their front seven, they could probably spend that money in better ways than adding a guy like Brockers to the mix.
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