Sometimes addition is by subtraction and we must, sadly say goodbye to some fan favorites.
Aqib Talib deserves all the accolades Broncos fans can pile on him. After Champ Bailey, Talib is the most important cornerback ever to play in Denver. His presence aided the rise of Chris Harris and Bradley Roby. He’s a founder of the ‘No Fly Zone’. At 32, the beginning of the end for most NFL cornerbacks, Talib was deemed expendable by the Broncos brass. The move may be covered by the improved pass rush but losing Talib is no small deal for the Broncos. It is impossible to replace his production.
Corey Nelson will get an opportunity to expand his game in Philadelphia. The inside linebacker was a favorite in Denver and will be missed but shedding the potential payout to the 5th year Oklahoma product wasn’t in the cards for the Broncos.
Virgil Green had been a bit of a conundrum in Denver. He never really lived up to the needs the Broncos had at tight end. With the return of Jake Butt from injury, the Broncos have plenty of options at TE and Green will attempt to replace Antonio Gates for the Chargers.
Donald Stephenson moves on after an underwhelming two seasons in Denver. We’ll remember Stephenson more for what he was not than what he was.
Trevor Seimian, we really wanted you to be the guy. I hope you know that. Best wishes in Minnesota and for a continued career and thank you for the professional approach and attitude.
Cody Latimer falls into the dime-a-dozen receiver bin, the Broncos tried several ways to involve Latimer and Fowler, there just was never the connection.
Brock Osweiler. yeah, we’re all familiar with Osweiler. He takes his show to Miami for next season.
Bennie Fowler can be interchanged with Cody Latimer above. Good size, questionable hands, hopefully reuniting with John Fox pays off for Fowler.
CJ Anderson hurts. It is always painful to say goodbye to someone that has put so much of themselves into the Broncos. Thank you for the run (pun intended), CJ and best wishes with Cam and the Panthers. We hope you get a healthy few years in and we appreciate your time in Denver.
Riley Dixon is a casualty of the crazy Marquette King situation. While Dixon punted fine for the Broncos, they couldn’t pass on King and Dixon will be doing his thing for the Giants.
Each of the moves the Broncos made have the potential to bring great improvement. Particularly on the offensive side of the ball. With the defense resetting to championship form and the offense making big strides in areas of need it’s hard not to be excited for this upcoming season.