Broncos, Briefly: Friday, March 15, 2019

They went the Big Salary Route to fill quarterback (Joe Flacco), No. 2 cornerback (Kareem Jackson) and right tackle (Ja’Wuan James) but the next wave of free agency and the entire draft will be just as important.

John Elway, the Broncos’ general manager, organizes and runs the team’s free agent operations. But every day for a few weeks he talked about every position, and many of the available free-agent players, with his head coach.

“Well, I think he can fit anybody’s defense," Fangio said in an interview with 9News this week. “I particularly like guys that are versatile. And he is that. He can play corner still, he can play safety. He can play the nickel for us. And he is, as you alluded to, an excellent tackler which we really like and really value.["]

The NFL and players union distributed performance and playing time-based bonus payments Wednesday. The bonuses are based on a formula where a low player’s salary and higher amount of playing time equals the greatest bonus payments. Chris Harris Jr. and Matt Paradis once topped these lists as undrafted and sixth-round players, respectively, who never came off the field.

1. Ezekiel Ansah, DE

Age and a long injury history will limit his value. Most recently, two shoulder injuries cost him nine games in 2018. But he had 48 sacks in six seasons with the Lions, and a team with a plan to use him situationally could receive big dividends.

As NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted during the live coverage, Murray’s throwing session was built around three, five and seven-step drops out of the pocket. Murray told the network his goal for the session was “being clean with my drops and being on time,” both of which he clearly demonstrated. While Murray’s mobility was an asset in college, and his ability to create plays, he did his majority of work inside the pocket and was trained to do so by his father, Kevin Murray, a quarterback tutor in the Dallas area.

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