Originally Posted by Tombstone RJ
I think if the Broncos bring in Freeney they also draft a DE relatively high so it may not be all bad. Freeney is simply a bridge to then next younger guy and like you said, I don't think that guy is on the team right now. Malik Jackson MAY be that guy but it's hard to know. Ayers is in a contract year so I would not be suprised if he all of a sudden blossoms into the player we've all been waiting for.
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How would that not be all bad? you replace a multiple time pro bowler with a guy who is over the hill and the bottom of the barrel in a really weak rookie class. That seems like all bad to me.
Ayers has had 4 years and in that time 3 different competent defensive coordinators have decided that they didn't like him that much (interestingly the only year he started we had Martindale who ran the defense into the ground). If he had progressed then maybe there would be some room for optimism, but really he is still a guy who gets stifled by a single offensive tackle. Jackson could maybe be a decent player, but with a rookie season that yielded a total of 5 tackles there is really not much basis for expecting him to become a starter who can contribute on a level commensurate with what we have been getting from that position.
Abraham is the only currently available player who has proven recently that he can play at a high level playing the right end position in a 4-3. If we have to draft a DE in round 1, we are leaving either MLB or RB to chance.