Broncos AFC West Free Agent Preview

Pro Football Weekly has a free agent preview on the AFC West, and here’s what they have on the Broncos heading into free agency.

Unsigned players: RB Kyle Eckel (4), DT Ronald Fields (6), OT Ryan Harris (4), RB Laurence Maroney (5), DE Ryan McBean (2), DT Matt McChesney (2), PK Matt Prater (3), DT Marcus Thomas (4), DT Kevin Vickerson (5), OLB Wesley Woodyard (3).

Analysis: Re-signing veteran CB Champ Bailey was the first major personnel move made by executive vice president of football operations John Elway, but the team still has a long way to go in its quest to restore the integrity of the organization. Harris was an All-Pro right tackle in 2008 but has been unable to put together a complete season since then. After being benched and nearly sent to Chicago at the trade deadline, Harris came on strong and started the final eight games of the season.

With so many holes to fill on the defensive side, it has yet to be seen if the team will shell out the necessary money to bring Harris back. In an attempt to turn around the NFL’s 32nd-ranked defense, new head coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen made the decision to switch primarily to a 4-3 scheme.

That means Thomas would have to make a switch to a 4-3 tackle if he were retained, and special-teams captain Woodyard could plug in as a strong-side ‘backer. Prater is almost a lock to come back. However, Maroney, who gained just 2.1 yards per rush in four games after being acquired via trade with New England, is unlikely to return.

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