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Old 03-08-2008, 08:57 PM   #1
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Broncos beef up defense, sign McCree and Manuel
By Lee Rasizer, Rocky Mountain News (Contact)
Originally published 06:48 p.m., March 8, 2008
Updated 06:48 p.m., March 8, 2008
Scratch safety off the Denver Broncos’ wish list.

The team dipped into the free-agent pool twice Saturday, signing a pair of veteran players, Marlon McCree and Marquand Manuel.

The moves at worst are a hedge against a weak draft crop at the position and adds depth to a shallow defensive spot on the roster.

But both McCree and Manuel have extensive starting experience and have been assured they’ll get shots to break into the lineup, too.

McCree is a strong safety and should compete with John Lynch for playing time. Manuel will challenge relatively untested Hamza Abdullah at the free-safety position.

Terms of McCree’s deal weren’t immediately available. But Manuel got $4.5 million over three years with $500,000 guaranteed. The total package could swell by another $1.5 million based on playing time incentives.

The Broncos have now addressed two of their weakest spots via the open market, as they try to fix the league’s 30th-ranked rush defense. The club earlier signed Niko Koutouvides and Boss Bailey to buttress the linebacker position.

Manuel, 28, has played 91 games in six NFL seasons with Cincinnati, Seattle, Green Bay and Carolina. His best season came in 2006 with 81 tackles for the Packers.

McCree, 30, has played 30 games over the last two seasons for the San Diego Chargers. He started his career with Jacksonville in 2001, moving to Jacksonville, Houston and Carolina before settling in with the Chargers. He has 421 total tackles in 106 career games.

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Old 03-08-2008, 08:59 PM   #2
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We can check safety off the draft list for this year, i guess...
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I wonder how this will sit with Lynch since Mccree has been promised he could fight for the starting spot. I can't imagine Lynch came back to be a backup.
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We can check safety off the draft list for this year, i guess...
At least untill the late rounds
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I wonder how this will sit with Lynch since Mccree has been promised he could fight for the starting spot. I can't imagine Lynch came back to be a backup.
Hopefully Lynch moves back too the other side...
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I wonder how this will sit with Lynch since Mccree has been promised he could fight for the starting spot. I can't imagine Lynch came back to be a backup.
Lynch knows better than anyone that we aren't going to sit on our laurels and do nothing until he leaves.
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I really think we're ok for this year...next years SS class is a bumper crop so i'd rather use the picks else where this year...
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:10 PM   #8
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This years draft is pretty weak at S, might mean we will address DT/OT/WR/LB this year and get S next year.
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Wow. I was on board with the signing of Manuel as a depth/ST/stop gap, but I really like adding both of them.

As the FA period wears on I get the feeling that the Broncos are geraing towards an offensively minded draft.
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Hmmmmmmm, not bad I guess, maybe something can click on D this year
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Anyone get the feeling either Lynch or Foxworth will not be on the opening day roster?
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Anyone get the feeling either Lynch or Foxworth will not be on the opening day roster?
Foxworth is already being shopped around...we just haven't had any takers thus far, so yeah i say Nique will be gone via trade before the start of the season...
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Anyone get the feeling either Lynch or Foxworth will not be on the opening day roster?
Foxworth is as good as gone....based upon these moves, Lynch had better be prepared to split some playing time
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I love the signing of McCree; as long as he dont fumble a int again.
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:45 PM   #16
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No Kenny Phillips, so much for going for a younger D
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lol how do 2 FA S mean Fox is gone? Last time I checked he played S when we needed him too, but was a CB which we dont have DEPTH at. Would be stupid to let Fox go/trade him. Then we would have 3 corners, Bailey/Bly/Paymah.
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Marquand Manuel putting it to Marion Barber...

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Nice. Scratch Safety of the ol' To Do List.
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I love the signing of McCree; as long as he dont fumble a int again.
Confucius say: to fumble interception you must first intercept.
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WOW now they can concentrate on D-linemen in the draft
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CBF1 approves of this signing.

And also ditto-ditto'd the say no to Kenny Phillips thingie

I like what we have done so far this off season. Getting the high priced, headliner free agents did not work last season, Lets try this approach and see what happens. Maybe these group is a lot more hungry than the "Star" players we have signed in the past
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