Opinion: The Manning Effect and Free Agency — What’s Next?

Brodrick Bunkley

General manager Brian Xanders said Tuesday the Broncos are "working on" getting a contract done with DT Brodrick Bunkley. (PHOTO: ANDREW MASON / MAXDENVER.COM)

DENVER – Depending on how you want to look at it, the Denver Broncos have had one of the most quiet or busiest free agency periods this offseason.

The Broncos have signed exactly four free agents, two of whom they already had on their roster just over a week ago. In rapid-fire succession Denver signed defensive back Mike Adams, agreed to terms to bring back linebackers Joe Mays and Wesley Woodyard and Monday signed four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning.

All sarcasm aside the Broncos could be construed as being nearly inactive during the free agency period, waiting by the phone as player after player signed with teams that were outside the city limits of Denver. However, with the addition of Manning that looks like it will all change quickly.

John Elway mentioned in an interview with KKFN-FM 104.3 in Denver that the Broncos would meet with four or five free agents Wednesday. According to multiple reports, free agent cornerback Tracy Porter will be one of them. As for the rest? Well, that is up for speculation right now, but there are reports that the Broncos are interested in ex-Colts Jeff Saturday, Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme.

As for the others?

A good place for the Broncos to start might be running back, where the market has been fairly quiet.  Names like the Giants’ Brandon Jacobs and Cincinnati’s Cedric Benson remain possibilities.

Then there’s defensive tackle, where general manager Brian Xanders said Tuesday the team is working on a deal to retain defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley.  If the Broncos look outside for help, one name they should consider is Derek Landri, an underrated, disruptive tackle who played in Carolina for John Fox before moving on to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Those are ideas, and the Broncos might certainly have other names in mind.  But what we know first and foremost is that they’re about to get active now that Manning is in place.


Ian Henson is a Denver transplant via New York City via Wyoming. He’s a writer by birth and has been known to direct and produce often. He has covered the Denver Broncos for various outlets since 1999 and is currently at work on several pilots for his own television network.

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About Ian Henson

Ian Henson is a Denver transplant via New York City via Wyoming. He's a writer by birth and has been known to direct and produce often. He has covered the Denver Broncos since 1999 and is currently at work on several pilots for his own television network.

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