Sunday, February 17, 2013
Broncos' plans for MLB
By Tom Carpenter
Mike Klis of the Denver Post expects the Denver Broncos to focus on strengthening themselves at "cornerback, defensive tackle, interior offensive line, running back and wide receiver" this offseason. However, even though Keith Brooking will be a free agent and Joe Mays missed the second half of 2012 with a broken ankle, the Broncos are expected to fill that middle-linebacker hole from within, not via the draft or free agency.
"The plan is for Nate Irving and Steve Johnson to compete for the starting job at that position, with Irving having the edge because of experience," Klis wrote. "Irving was Denver's third-round draft pick in 2011 and was hurt as much as any player by the NFL lockout that year, but he flashed ability in 2012. Johnson was an undrafted rookie last season."
Nonetheless, ESPN AFC West blogger Bill Williamson thinks the Broncos should shore up middle linebacker a bit this offseason:
Bill WilliamsonHow Denver can improve in 2013
"Brooking played well last season, but he was 37 and Denver needs to find a better starting option, whether via free agency in the form of someone like Baltimore’s Dannell Ellerbe or in the draft if Notre Dame’s Manti Te'o, Georgia’s Alec Ogletree or LSU’s Kevin Minter is available. Denver has a lot of young pieces on defense. Adding another one at this position wouldn’t be a terrible idea."