|03-26-2013, 08:47 PM||#1|
All notable NFL offseason moves summarized and graded
There is some good stuff. An Interesting read for sure.
Broncos sign G Louis Vasquez (4 years, $23.5M; $13M guaranteed): A- Grade
There are tons of reasons to like this signing if you're a Denver fan. Louis Vasquez was pretty much just as good as Andy Levitre, the top-rated free agent guard. Vasquez received less than $2 million per year less than Levitre did from Tennessee, so this is quite a bargain. Stealing a talented player from rival San Diego is also very nice.
Best of all, Vasquez's presence on Denver's offensive line will be huge for Peyton Manning's pass protection. This is an area the Broncos wanted to upgrade. They couldn't block for Manning very well in their playoff loss to Baltimore, so obtaining someone like Vasquez will help immensely in that department.
Broncos sign WR Wes Welker (2 years, $12 million): A+ Grade
Wow. I can't believe this happened. Wes Welker has finally left New England and signed with the Broncos to be Peyton Manning's new slot receiver. And for just $12 million over two seasons? This is just crazy.
This is an absolutely awesome move for the Broncos. I know I've often called Welker overrated because of his drops and the fact that he's just a slot receiver, but he's a big part of the Patriots' offense, and for the Broncos to steal him is a great move because they've weakened their arch rival. Can you imagine how pissed Tom Brady is right now, especially after taking just $27 million over three years recently? You'd have to think he did that so his team could re-sign Welker.
Oh, and Welker does make Denver better. The team had two good receivers on the outside in Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, but didn't have anything to speak of in the slot. Welker is a huge upgrade over Brandon Stokley and makes the Broncos' offense much more dangerous. Well done, John Elway.
Broncos sign NT Terrance Knighton (2 years, $4.5 million): B Grade
Surprise, surprise, another quality signing by John Elway. Terrance Knighton is a 330-pound nose tackle who has enjoyed a lot of success playing for Jack Del Rio in the past. Knighton has struggled recently - he even was benched last year in favor of C.J. Mosley - but he has talent, and Del Rio knows how to get the most out of him. He fills a huge need in the interior of Denver's defensive line.
Broncos sign CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (1 year, $5 million): A Grade
"DRC" stands for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. It could also stand for "Doesn't Really Care" because of his lethargy. Rodgers-Cromartie hasn't lived up to his potential. He shows flashes of brilliance at times, but he's often sluggish. I was worried that a team would offer him a big contract and get screwed in the process, but John Elway was smarter than that.
Elway is killing free agency, by the way. Whereas rival San Diego signed a worse corner, Derek Cox, to a 4-year, $20 million contract, Elway was able to fill the same big need by landing the superior Rodgers-Cromartie to a 1-year "prove it" deal. Elway will undoubtedly get the best out of DRC. It'll help that future Hall of Famer Champ Bailey will be on the other side of the field to help mentor the 27-year-old corner.
Ravens sign DE/OLB Elvis Dumervil (5 years, $35 million): A+ Grade
Baltimore fans can stop panicking. The Ravens have lost tons of veterans this offseason, but signing Elvis Dumervil really helps make up for it. Not completely, but it's a big move.
Dumervil is one of the top pass-rushers in the NFL, and he was the best free agent available on the market. He's well worth $7 million per year, and he'll satisfy a huge need for Baltimore at rush linebacker, vacated by Paul Kruger's departure to Cleveland. Kruger actually received more money from the Browns (5 years, $41 million) than Dumervil did from the Ravens, yet Dumervil is the more proven commodity. They're only two years apart in age (Dumervil is 29; Kruger is 27), so Baltimore is getting a great deal. That's not a surprise because Ozzie Newsome is one of the NFL's top general managers.
Update: It's been reported that $9 million of Dumervil's contract is all incentives, so it's really a 5-year, $26 million deal. That's insane. I'm upgrading this to an A+.
|03-26-2013, 08:50 PM||#2|
Walter also has Denver taking CB Johnathon Banks from Mississippi. Seems like a solid choice but maybe a little reachy.
If no one big falls this would be a good selection. I Hope a DE/DT will be the first pick.
Denver Broncos: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Mike Klis of the Denver Post recently wrote that the Broncos are looking for larger cornerbacks to copy Seattle's model. Johnthan Banks certainly fits the bill at 6-2, so he could be targeted with this pick.
The Broncos don't have a current need for a cornerback, but they definitely will soon. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be a free agent next spring, while Champ Bailey will be due $9 million in a walk year, so he'll probably be cut if he plays like he did against the Ravens.
Rest of Mock draft: http://walterfootball.com/draft2013_1.php