Lynch's options limited; Broncos lose valuable leader

John Lynch is a consummate pro but will not leave a huge void on the field in Denver, writes Keith Kidd.

Originally Published: July 30, 2008
By Keith Kidd | Scouts Inc.
So where might John Lynch fit if he remains in the NFL and what does his departure mean to the Denver Broncos' defense?

If Lynch hopes to stay in the league he will probably find few teams willing to take on a player of his age with declining skills even for the minimum veteran salary, which would be fully guaranteed if he made a roster out of training camp. The New England Patriots are always looking to upgrade but already have Rodney Harrison in their defensive backfield. Tony Dungy coached Lynch in the Tampa 2 system with the Buccaneers but Dungy's Indianapolis Colts team has plenty of youth at safety, and the same can be said of the Tampa 2 defense of the Chicago Bears.