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MABroncoFan
04-22-2011, 08:42 AM
rotoworld.com

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution believes the Broncos and Lions are "set to make bids" for LB Stephen Nicholas once free agency kicks off.

Nicholas had expressed an interest in signing with Detroit, but this is the first we've heard of Denver as a potential landing spot. Beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter is "leaning toward" UCLA LB Akeem Ayers as the Falcons' pick at No. 27 overall. If GM Thomas Dimitroff doesn't grab a linebacker in the first round, he's expected to address the position later on. Related: Akeem Ayers, Broncos, LionsSource: Atlanta Journal-Constitution Apr 22, 11:32 AM

Beantown Bronco
04-22-2011, 08:47 AM
That would be kind of a weird signing IMO. He seems like another Ian Gold/DJ Williams type WLB. Would DJ go back to strong side?

Von Miller would be off the boards I would think.....if this is true.

BroncoInferno
04-22-2011, 08:51 AM
That would be kind of a weird signing IMO. He seems like another Ian Gold/DJ Williams type WLB. Would DJ go back to strong side?

Von Miller would be off the boards I would think.....if this is true.

Fox has stated that DJ would either play WLB or MLB. If we were to sign Nicholas, I guess you plug him in at WLB and DJ at MLB. That would leave Miller still in play since Fox has said he would play SAM.

Beantown Bronco
04-22-2011, 08:57 AM
Fox has stated that DJ would either play WLB or MLB. If we were to sign Nicholas, I guess you plug him in at WLB and DJ at MLB. That would leave Miller still in play since Fox has said he would play SAM.

Gotcha. I just can't see them investing that kind of money in the LB position. DJ already has it. Miller would get it at #2 even with a rookie wage scale. And Nicholas is likely to get it if there are multiple teams in the mix.

MABroncoFan
04-22-2011, 08:57 AM
I'd think we would have interest in James Anderson and/or Thomas Davis of Carolina, especially if we don't take Miller.

SpringStein
04-22-2011, 08:59 AM
What about Barrett Ruud? Think we would have interest?

BroncoInferno
04-22-2011, 09:03 AM
Gotcha. I just can't see them investing that kind of money in the LB position. DJ already has it. Miller would get it at #2 even with a rookie wage scale. And Nicholas is likely to get it if there are multiple teams in the mix.

Honestly, I wouldn't completely rule out DJ eventually getting released. He's facing another suspension, has had his leadership questioned, and is probably overpayed at $6 million for the season given his modest impact.

Pontius Pirate
04-22-2011, 12:12 PM
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Kaylore
04-22-2011, 12:14 PM
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ICON
04-22-2011, 12:35 PM
2011 NFL Free Agent Linebackers


Chad Greenway (MIN) – For three years, Greenway has been a consistent linebacker for the Vikings. While the Vikings took a step back, the Iowa product took a step forward and has become an elite 4-3 outside linebacker. He’s an instinctive, well-rounded player who excels at stopping the run at the line of scrimmage. The Vikings can’t afford to lose a player of his caliber.

LaMarr Woodley (PIT) – Woodley was somewhat of a disappointment this year, but that’s only because he expected to take the next step and join the elites this year. Still, he remains one of the best left outside linebackers in the game with the ability to play all facets of the game effectively. The Steelers draft and develop linebackers better than any other franchise, but they have little reason to part ways with a player who has helped form the backbone of one of the league’s best defenses.

Tamba Hali (KC) – Hali has become an outstanding pass rusher the last two seasons while spending more time on his feet. He’s a consistent and relentless rush linebacker with a good burst off the edge. Though he’s more one-dimensional than Woodley, he’s probably had a bigger impact for the Chiefs defense. Without him, their pass rush would significantly diminish and the entire defense would suffer a big setback.

David Harris (NYJ) – Harris has flirted with becoming a great linebacker the last two seasons, but still hasn’t reached that level. Given his experience, I question whether he’ll ever get there, but his presence in the middle is still crucial to the success of the Jets defense. While he’s not great in coverage, he’s a great downhill linebacker that controls the pulse of the front 7. Without him, the Jets linebacking corps takes a big step back as does their run defense which very rarely allows 100 yard runners.

Stephen Tulloch (TEN) – Tulloch has had a better season in the middle of the Titans defense than most would have expected coming into the year. He trails only Jerod Mayo in tackles and has been just as good as his numbers indicate. He does a good job in the hole and cleans up plays.
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Paul Posluszny (BUF) – Posluszny has difficulties playing the entire season, but when he’s healthy, he’s a very smart, instinctual linebacker in the middle of the defense. The Bills don’t have a particularly strong defensive line, which asks Posluszny to play through blockers a lot. The Bills have many holes in their run defense, but Posluszny isn’t one of them.

James Anderson (CAR) – The breakout of strongside linebacker James Anderson has been one of the bright spot for the Panthers. Anderson has done a nice job of filling the stat sheet and has been every bit as productive for the Panthers defense as it looks on paper. If Thomas Davis could return to form, the Panthers linebacking corps could be one of the strongest in the league after they lock of James Anderson in what seems like an obvious move.

Rocky McIntosh (WAS) – The Redskins have a number of free agents this offseason and Rocky McIntosh appears to be one of those that won’t be re-signed. He struggled to adapt to the Redskins schematic switch to the 3-4 defense, which is in Washington to stay. If he becomes a restricted free agent (depending on the CBA), the Redskins could tender him and see what comes of what.

Thomas Davis (CAR) – Before suffering a torn ACL, Thomas Davis was having his best season as the Panthers’ outside linebacker. Shortly after recovering, Davis suffered a 2nd torn ACL, which has kept him off the field for all of 2010. Who knows how effective he’ll be when he returns to the field, but the Panthers have expressed interest in returning him to Carolina.

Barrett Ruud (TB) – Into training camp, Ruud was pretty angry about not getting a long-term extension, especially when he was passed over for left tackle Donald Penn. After this season, it looks like the Buccaneers won in their decision to not re-sign him. Ruud has been somewhat disappointing this season, especially when asked to do more in coverage. He also has the tendency to get engulfed by guards, which puts him in limbo as far as middle linebackers are concerned. As the Buccaneers go back to more Tampa 2, the middle linebacker’s coverage ability will continue to be accentuated. It’ll be interesting to see the initial ballpark Ruud’s agent throws out to the Buccaneers and how far apart they are to begin with.

Takeo Spikes (SF) – Takeo Spikes has played well at 34 years of age and no one knows this better than Patrick Willis, who has “urged” his team to bring Spikes back next season. With the combination of Spikes and Willis in the middle playing behind Aubrayo Franklin, the 49ers have had one of the best run defenses between the guards.

Shananahan
04-22-2011, 12:46 PM
Tulloch would be an awesome, awesome signing.

GoBroncos84
04-22-2011, 03:09 PM
Tulloch would be an awesome, awesome signing.

Agreed. I would like to see us go after a player like Mason Foster in the 3rd round. Foster has played all 3 linebacker spots and is scheme versatile. If we can land a top MLB like Tulloch, who is the top guy on my wish list for free agents, then we could play Foster at SAM with D.J. at WLB. If we can't land a top MLB, then I think Foster can start there.

eddie mac
04-22-2011, 03:20 PM
Miller is a luxury for the Broncos at this point. The money that we will be investing in pick 2 would not warrant a bit part pass rusher who wont play on 1st or even 2nd down in a 4-3. My biggest fear in this draft isn't that we'd waste the pick on Miller, it would be if Carolina took Dareus and left our options diminished.

eddie mac
04-22-2011, 03:24 PM
Honestly, I wouldn't completely rule out DJ eventually getting released. He's facing another suspension, has had his leadership questioned, and is probably overpayed at $6 million for the season given his modest impact.

They wont release him, even at $6m he still has value as a tradeable asset if a CBA is ever sorted out or the path is cleared for player trading.

Shananahan
04-22-2011, 04:25 PM
Miller is a luxury for the Broncos at this point. The money that we will be investing in pick 2 would not warrant a bit part pass rusher who wont play on 1st or even 2nd down in a 4-3. My biggest fear in this draft isn't that we'd waste the pick on Miller, it would be if Carolina took Dareus and left our options diminished.
I really kinda agree with this, though I'm certain he'd be somewhere on 1st and 2nd down. I think I'd be about as excited if they took A.J. Green as I would if they drafted Miller.