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.”