Denver Broncos safety concern based on budget issues, slim pickings – The Denver Post
The quest to upgrade gets more difficult every year.
The Broncos’ free safety position, for example. It’s not that the Broncos don’t think Rahim Moore is a fine player so much as there doesn’t appear to be enough room for him to fit into their budget roster puzzle.
Even with the Broncos’ salary cap payroll set at $150.066 million for the 2015 season, some spending discipline is needed.
Ordinarily, for an NFL team to maintain roster balance, it can allocate top market price to only two players in its four-starter secondary. The Broncos already are paying $9.5 million in average annual salary to cornerback Aqib Talib, $8.5 million to cornerback Chris Harris and $5.625 million to strong safety T.J. Ward.
Those are three defensive backs getting big money, or one more than the norm.
Moore, who is young at 25 and experienced as a three-season NFL starter, figures to command better than $5 million per year from an otherwise weak free- safety market. One potential suitor might be the Philadelphia Eagles, whose new secondary coach, Cory Undlin, held the same position with the Broncos the previous two seasons.
The Broncos, meanwhile, simply can’t pay top market value to all four defensive back starters. Unless general manager John Elway can’t resist making a play for the New England Patriots’ Devin McCourty — the best among those playing at one of Denver’s position of needs.
And so Moore, a second-round pick in the Broncos’ terrific 2011 draft, is headed for free agency. Money is one problem the Broncos have at free safety. The other is the lack of quality in this year’s free-agent market.
Pro Football Focus, Walter Football and 247sports all have McCourty as the undisputed No. 1 safety among unrestricted free agents and Moore at No. 2.
The consensus third-best safety is the Buffalo Bills’ Da’Norris Searcy, a one-year starter. Mike Adams, who turns 34 the same day Peyton Manning turns 39 (March 24), is ranked among the top five free-agent safeties.
The Broncos released Adams to free agency at this time last year. This is a safety market where demand is far greater than supply. Perhaps the Broncos can get a safety … – Click Here To Visit Article Source