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Report: Broncos aren’t in market for middle linebacker

Denver Broncos' Irving collides with San Diego Chargers punter Scifres after blocking a punt in the second quarter of their NFL football game in Denver Reuters

With Keith Brooking hitting free agency and Joe Mays coming off a season-ending ankle fracture suffered after he lost the starting middle linebacker job to Brooking, it was reasonable to wonder if the Broncos were going to be shopping for a middle linebacker this offseason.

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, that’s not the case. Per Klis, the team is planning to let Nate Irving and Steve Johnson battle it out for the job. Neither player has seen much time on defense, playing mostly special teams, but that doesn’t seem to bother the Broncos.

Irving was the team’s third-round pick in 2011 and Klis reports that the feeling is he was hurt “as much as any player” by the lockout. Johnson was signed as an undrafted free agent before last season and the team gave him a sizable signing bonus to secure his services, which indicates their desire to add him to the roster.

Mays is still under contract, although he’s only guaranteed $500,000 of his $4 million salary and he already fell out of favor with the team last season. It seems like the Broncos will be casting their lot with inexperience in the middle of their defense.

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10 Responses to “Report: Broncos aren’t in market for middle linebacker”
  1. pilot2011 says: Feb 17, 2013 2:31 PM

    Im pretty sure Fox would rather have Jon Beason over all of those guys. Don’t be surprised if the Broncos try to trade for him since he was an all-pro middle backer when he was coaching in Carolina.

    plus that Kuechly guy pretty good, so Beason won’t even start for the Panthers anymore.

  2. buffalobills716 says: Feb 17, 2013 2:36 PM

    Let see if they makes the play offs then

  3. pilot2011 says: Feb 17, 2013 2:41 PM

    Deangelo Williams also ran for 1200 and rushed for 20 td’s last time he played for Fox.

    Williams/Beason in Denver?

  4. butkusditka says: Feb 17, 2013 2:54 PM

    Only $500,000? I build houses for people to LIVE in. I don’t play a goddamn game. I will never make that in a year. Please don’t insult the productive members of society(bitter x prospect)

  5. lightcleric says: Feb 17, 2013 3:14 PM

    “Dude, I took half of Schaub’s ear off, what more do I have to do?” – Joe Mays

  6. packers1996 says: Feb 17, 2013 4:07 PM

    They will not trade for either williams or beason not willing to give up picks for them as good as they were under fox they are still key members of the current team. I expect a play for Urlacher possibly move DJ Williams back to the mike but beason not happening. Williams contract is to much for the broncos to take on they will probablly go after either reggie bush or danny woodhead maybe cedrick benson but they were happy with moreno in the passing game late in the season dont know if they will keep mcghaee injuries starting to catch up to him

  7. Stiller43 says: Feb 17, 2013 4:55 PM


    Theyre saying he’s wont count that much against their cap if they release him. They in no way said 500k is not a lot of money. That just means he’ll count for 1/240th against the cap…which is not a lot

  8. nodindenver says: Feb 17, 2013 5:07 PM

    Of course they do! They have a huge need for Brian Urlacher.

  9. beauregard says: Feb 17, 2013 5:18 PM

    They will sign Brooking to a one year deal. He still has gas in the tank and did pretty darn good last year. Mays is a competent back up, with Williams filling in the third slot on the depth chart.
    Safety and running back are higher priorities right now. That being said, the Broncos were 13-3 and top seed in the AFC last year, so it’s not like the walls are crumbling in.

  10. jwreck says: Feb 17, 2013 5:19 PM

    butkusditka says: Feb 17, 2013 2:54 PM

    Only $500,000? I build houses for people to LIVE in. I don’t play a goddamn game. I will never make that in a year. Please don’t insult the productive members of society(bitter x prospect)
    Right but you can build houses until you’re sixty or seventy. Football players have to earn as much before they hit 35 as you have to in the rest of your career. On top of that, an injury can flush their entire career and savings plan down the toilet in one second on any given Sunday.

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