Broncos free agency — how national writers graded Denver’s offseason moves so far

In this Dec. 1, 2019, file photo, Tennessee Titans defensive end Jurrell Casey (99) rushes in against the Indianapolis Colts during an NFL football game in Indianapolis.

It’s been a little more than week since the NFL free agency period opened. The Broncos have been busy, adding a bevy of players from cornerback A.J. Bouye to guard Graham Glasgow to running back Melvin Gordon.

So, how have they done? Here’s what some national writers are grading Denver’s moves:

Yahoo Sports’ Frank Schwab (Grade: B): Getting (Jurrell) Casey for a seventh-round pick is a steal. Even if he doesn’t work out, will Denver miss that pick? Bouye is a reasonable replacement for Harris. Glasgow helps the offensive line. Gordon seems a bit redundant with Phillip Lindsay around, but Gordon is a good back. The Broncos finished last season on a high note, have a good young offensive core and got better in free agency.

Pro Football Focus’ Anthony Treash (Grade: Above average): “If it weren’t for handing $13.5 million guaranteed to Melvin Gordon over the next two seasons while rostering Phillip Lindsay, who has generated a higher overall grade over the past two years and costs under $1 million in 2020, the Broncos would have had an excellent grade.”

NFL.com’s Marc Sessler on the Casey trade (Grade: A+): “In what amounts to a cap-easing cash dump for the Titans, Denver paid next to nothing for a five-time Pro Bowler who can still generate havoc. Casey finished as a top-10 performer against the run last season, per PFF, and leaves Tennessee as one of the AFC’s more consistent inside maulers over the past decade. He’ll fit right into a Denver defense loaded with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb on the edge.”

Sessler on the Bouye trade (Grade: B): “Jacksonville moving Bouye has everything to do with the team’s previously mentioned roster-gutting salary dump. With Chris Harris Jr. heading out the door, Denver adds a 28-year-old corner coming off a down year. It’s up to Broncos coach and defensive guru Vic Fangio to return Bouye to his Pro Bowl heights of 2017.”

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell on the Gordon signing (Grade: D+): “For all of Gordon’s versatility as a runner and receiver, though, he just hasn’t been consistently healthy or good for very long as a pro.”

Barnwell on the Casey trade (Grade: B+): “Casey isn’t in the top tier of interior pass-rushers, but he’s a tough two-way player who should help create pass-rushing opportunities off of stunts and twists for Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.”