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Broncos, Briefly: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

2018 Sporting News NFL Awards (Tadd Haislop, Sporting News)

It’s one thing to be gifted a special defender like Khalil Mack in a preseason trade; it’s another to properly leverage such a player and fuel the expected production. Fangio lived up to the pressure of turning a defense loaded with talent into the best unit in the league. The Bears finished the season ranked first in points allowed and takeaways. Fangio’s reward? A head-coaching job in Denver.

Mike Munchak on leaving Steelers: 'Family decision all the way' (Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

“As my career shows, when I get somewhere, I stay there,’’ Munchak said during an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Tuesday afternoon. “When this opportunity came up to work in a city with my daughter, her husband, my granddaughter and my other daughter not far away in L.A., that’s what we wanted.

“I’m not 30 or 40 years old anymore. I’m 58 and different things become important as you age.”

Broncos hire Ed Donatell as defensive coordinator (Ryan O'Halloran, The Denver Post)

Broncos coach Vic Fangio completed the hiring of defensive coordinator Ed Donatell and outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley on Tuesday.

The Broncos have a number of soon-to-be unrestricted free agents who might score higher on the glamour meter, such as cornerback Bradley Roby and outside linebacker Shane Ray -- both former first-round picks who are not expected back. The 29-year-old Paradis suffered a fractured lower leg and ligament damage in the Broncos' loss to the Texans in November, but he had not missed a snap in his 56 career games until that injury. The Broncos are looking at a makeover along the offensive line, but Paradis should return to form. The Broncos haven't always broken out the checkbook for a player returning from an injury, but if the doctors like where Paradis is in his recovery, they should pay him. He has been one of the league's best bargains for years.

Broncos' 2019 NFL Draft: 6 quarterback prospects to watch (Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post)

Broncos general manager John Elway is searching for the next great franchise quarterback. Will that cornerstone arrive in Denver through the draft this spring? The Broncos signed quarterback Case Keenum to a two-year, $36-million contract last year. Elway, in a recent interview with NBC Sports’ Peter King, called Keenum “probably a short-term fix.” Here’s a look at six potential long-term solutions from the college ranks. (Draft stock will move up and down after the NFL combine and individual workouts).

Harris is the AFC’s first alternate Pro Bowl cornerback behind the elected Xavien Howard of Miami, Jacksonville’s Jalen Ramsey, New England’s Stephon Gilmore and Cleveland rookie Denzel Ward.

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