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Would it make sense to let von walk and keep Danny, Malik, Brock, Hillman and upgrade Barrett and Ray to Miller's position? I love Von, I feel bad for even thinking that question.
-- Phillip Marshall
When establishing priorities, you must ask one question: Is this talent replaceable? Then the most irreplaceable talent becomes Job No. 1. Von Miller is arguably among the five most irreplaceable players in the league today, and he's fast becoming an iconic Bronco. If he continues on his trajectory, fans will wear Miller jerseys to Broncos games for the next 40 years. You don't build a team -- or a franchise's legacy -- by letting a unique talent like him depart.
Miller is a player unlike any the Broncos have ever had. The price tag on his contract will be high, but it's hard to argue that he is not worth it.
If Peyton does retire, what does this mean cap space wise and could it help us, sign a Danny Travathan or even Malik Jackson?
-- Fawad Khan
A Manning retirement would create $19 million of cap space, which is obviously massive, but between Jackson and Brock Osweiler, would quickly be spent. Elway said Thursday that Trevathan would test the market, and while that is a tough decision, it's influenced in part by the restricted-free-agent status of
-- Michael Pack
Appreciate the kind words.
Peyton Manning also had the same kind of legs and a similar build (albeit with three fewer inches on his frame), and he came through 18 seasons with minimal knee issues. The number of hits Osweiler absorbed last year is a concern, and a key part of his development will be his ability to step up and away from the pass rush rather than drifting in the pocket, which leads to collisions and sacks.
Another key step he will need to take will be doing a better job of identifying corner and safety blitzes before the snap; a failure to diagnose one against San Diego led to a rough hit and a strip-sack fumble.
What's your opinion on Christian Westerman, a guard out of Arizona State? I think we certainly could use more depth on the offensive line and I think he is a perfect fit for our offensive line and depending on where he falls in the draft, we would have a good chance at grabbing him in the draft.
-- James Kelemen
I think Westerman settles in as a mid-to-late Day 2 pick. He plays with intelligence, and in terms of upper-body strength relative to size, Westerman is about as good as you'll find in this year's draft class, which bore itself out in his bench-press result at the Combine (34 repetitions).
His lateral movement is better in terms of timing than it is on the film, but that means there's growth potential there. He probably needs to strengthen his lower body a bit to get better leverage and improve his drive off the snap. But there's a lot you can work with, and he displays good vision to make blocks at the second level; I can see him springing some big gains for running backs in the NFL.
-- Ethan Squires
First of all, thank you.
I expect Anunike to have an expanded role within the defensive end rotation, whether Jackson returns or not. But if Jackson does leave in free agency, it's going to take a village to replace him, and won't rest solely on Anunike's shoulders.
Talent and explosiveness and moves are not the question for Anunike; injuries are.
How much longer do you think the Broncos will stick with
-- Joey Sanchez
I expect at least this year, if not longer. He showed some signs of development last year in his offensive role, and by the end of the regular season he was one of the Broncos' best special teamers, along with
But there's no doubt that this year will be crucial.
What about new colors?
-- Nathan Nielsen
What about them? There are no new colors. The Broncos will continue to wear orange and blue.
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