Potential 2013 Denver Broncos roster changes
The 2012 season is over for the Denver Broncos, and now we look onto the potential 2013 Denver Broncos roster changes. The Broncos will potentially be kicking hay on 18 players who hit free agency in 2013. The number 1 player the Broncos need to nail down is Ryan Clady. I can’t emphasize this enough, about just how important he is to this Broncos team with Peyton Manning running it. If Clady is gone, then you can kiss the Manning era goodbye. He has to be re-signed and hoping to find a replacement in the draft or free agency is too large of a risk.
However, then it gets a little less dramatic. Tracy Porter hits the market in 2013, and while it was ironic to have the player who took away another ring from Manning in the 2009 Super Bowl with his interception return for a touchdown on the same team as Manning in 2012. Porter as a Bronco has been less than spectacular since he left the New Orleans Saints. All signs point to Porter not being re-signed, and it wouldn’t be a huge loss. The starting defensive tackles in Justin Bannan and Kevin Vickerson becoming free agents in 2013 is more dramatic.
Bannan and Vickerson luckily are not in their prime and the number 1 place to target in the next draft is a defensive tackle with an attitude. Re-signing Bannan or Vickerson seems like the logical choice, but only one of them should be re-signed. On the offensive side of the ball, Dan Koppen is a free agent. At 33 years old, it would be wise for the Broncos to find a new center in draft to replace him or groom him for Koppen’s retirement, but until then Koppen needs to be re-signed. The basic perspective you get when you look at the Denver Broncos is they are an old Football team.
There are a lot of places that need some youth injected and that includes middle linebacker. Keith Brooking hits the market in 2013 and he’s 37 years old. That makes the urgency for Manning to get his rings and get out so much higher. The Broncos are going to go through a coming to Jesus moment soon as the elder statesmen step down into retirement and that includes Manning. The Broncos shouldn’t worry about most of the players leaving in 2013, but should be worrying about who will replace them in the future.
James Cobern is a Featured Journalist for TPF and can be contacted at JCobern@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.