The Denver Broncos were already “all in” for a Super Bowl run, evident by the signing of future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning two seasons ago. Judging from their spending spree in preparation for the 2014 season and beyond, they still have that mindset.
Safety T.J. Ward, cornerback Aqib Talib, defensive end DeMarcus Ware, and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders from Cleveland, New England, Dallas, and Pittsburgh, respectively, are the newest additions to the reigning AFC Champions.
These signings equal $125 million in contracts. It seemed as though the Broncos were printing their own money.
Ward and Talib are significant upgrades for a secondary that looked suspect more times than the Broncos community would like. Ward hits hard and plays well against the run and the pass with 112 career tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and five interceptions in 2013. Talib is big and physical as well, shutting down the likes of New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham and Denver’s own Demaryius Thomas. Even though Ware has been plagued with injuries lately, he is a pass rushing monster with double digit sack totals in seven of his nine seasons in Dallas. He is the franchise leader in sacks (112) and forced fumbles (12). Sanders will replace recently departed Eric Decker, who signed with the New York Jets.
The Broncos’ offense was nowhere to be found in the Super Bowl, which is easy to comprehend when you face the Seahawks’ defense. There seemed to be no excuse for their defense though, who allowed 43 points. Elway understands the defense needed work and he went out and got it. Denver is a big winner in free agency. Now we will see if it translates into a win in the Super Bowl.
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