NFL Free Agency: Denver Broncos notes


The Denver Broncos opened up free agency re-signing a starter on defense, cutting two players, along with showing interest in some free agents. On top of all that, a current Bronco made a strong statement that should have all Bronco fans happy.

Oct 28, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (99) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos were able to solidify their defense Tuesday, as Kevin Vickerson signed a two-year deal with the Broncos. The veteran defensive tackle has played a vital role in the defense, and he will continue to help out in 2013.

As for the downside, fans will not see D.J. Williams in a Bronco uniform anymore, as he was released by the team on Monday. Along with Williams, the Broncos also released backup quarterback Caleb Hanie. Williams could be a key loss, as he lead the team in tackles five seasons.

According to, the Broncos are interested in a couple guys that they might pursue in the world of free agency, and they have set up visits with four players. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Rashard Mendenhall, Terrance Knighton, and Stewart Bradley are all free agents that the Broncos apparently have interest in. Rodgers-Cromartie could be a decent cornerback for the team, and I am still convinced the Broncos need to replace Champ Bailey for next season. Mendenhall is a solid running back who never really got a chance to start completely in Pittsburgh, and when he was actually given one, the 25-year old collected two 1,000 yard seasons. Knighton has an old connection with Jack Del Rio which could land him on the team as a defensive linemen, and Bradley could be a good special teams player/backup linebacker if they are able to scoop him up.

Dec 16 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil (92) reacts to the win over the Baltimore Ravens at M

Maybe the biggest news of it all though is that Elvis Dumervil came out and said Tuesday that he is willing to take a pay cut to stay on the Broncos. The news is big to Broncos fans, because had Dumervil not taken a pay cut, he would be looking for a new team in 2013. The team has already said they would have most likely released him if he refused to take one, which is why this is big news.