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Broncos Make Their First Splashes in Free Agency

February 27, 2009
J.J. Arrington

J.J. Arrington

The Broncos wasted no time making their presence felt in free agency, agreeing to terms with three free agents already. They also set up visits with four more, making them one of the busiest teams on the first day of free agency.

The Broncos agreed to four-year deals with both Correll Buckhalter and J.J. Arrington, two running backs who served as backups throughout their careers, but are expected to become integral parts of Denver’s backfield rotation. The Broncos also agreed to terms with long-snapper Lonie Paxton from the Patriots.

Buckhalter, from Philadelphia, has spent his career as the backup to Brian Westbrook, but has been very consistent in his role, averaging 431 yards per season throughout his career. He is expected to right in the thick of the competition for the starting running back job. Arrington, from Arizona, is expected to fill the role of Kevin Faulk from the Patriots, catching passes out of the backfield and making contributions in the return game.

The Broncos also set up four visits, two of them with very high-profile veterans. Brian Dawkins, the veteran free-agent safety from the Eagles, is on his way to Denver as we speak to meet with the Broncos brass. Ray Lewis, the pro-bowl middle linebacker from Baltimore, has also been rumored to visit Denver. Also on their way to visit: Jabar Gaffney, a wide receiver from New England, and Renaldo, a safety from the Miami Dolphins.

The three signings the Broncos have made thus-far are all safe, financially responsible signings that fill needs on the offense. I hope that the Broncos will continue to bring in more defensive players, because as all Bronco fans know, Defense is where the most needs lie.

Check back later for more news and analysis on all the Broncos free agent signings.

  1. Jon Krause permalink
    February 27, 2009 1:22 PM

    Poor Mike Leach, underated, unsong hero, and now dumped. This *Lonie Paxton* better be pretty good.

  2. Jon Krause permalink
    February 27, 2009 1:34 PM

    This is random, but anybody what’s up W/ Bradlee Van Pelt today? I liked him, after the Texans ditched him he never got back into the NFL what happened to him?

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