There comes a moment in every player’s career when their time with a team is over and a new guy’s time begins. There are some reasons for this happens, ranging from age and injuries to salary and production. It’s inevitable and gets even the best of players. This time has come in Denver, as the Broncos have informed seven-year veteran ILB Brandon Marshall, that they don’t intend to exercise his option for 2019.
Marshall will be a free agent when free agency opens on March 13th. Why make this move you ask? It’s simply his inability to stay healthy. He has missed ten games throughout the last few seasons. He has two years left on his four year $34.5 million deal, but the Broncos can gain $5 million in cap space with his release. When healthy, he has been a solid player for the Broncos.
Brandon recorded three seasons with one-hundred plus tackles and had a total of 420, in his five seasons as a starter. He is still a plus grade defender, but with the injuries, the cap space gained and a young star in the waiting, this move makes a lot of sense. He hit free agency, and there should be a decent amount of interest in him. The market may be slow at the start but shouldn’t take him long to land a deal. It’s been reported that a team such as the Los Angeles Rams could have interest since Wade Phillips is familiar with Marshall, from their time together in Denver. That could be a nice landing spot for him and fill a need for the Rams.
With the old out of the way, it’s time to bring in the new shiny toy. The Broncos drafted that new toy, Outlaw Josey Jewell, in last season’s draft in the 4th round, with the 106th overall pick. If you have followed me or my work, then you know that I was and am very high on the Outlaw.
Not only am I “Mile High” on him, but it’s also publically known that his teammates are as well. Praising him for his work ethic and knowledge of the game, as well as how well the team gets along with him. While he was mostly a backup last season, he did manage to get nine starts during his rookie campaign. In those nine starts, he produced at a plus level. Jewell would record five or more tackles seven times, including a career-best eight in week three. He would finish the year with a total of fifty-eight.
With Marshall soon to be a free agent, Jewell will take over as the man in the middle. If you’re looking for help at linebacker, now is the time to get all the shares of Jewell at a relatively low price. He will get a ton of tackle opportunities and will have two great pass rushers (Vonn Miller & Bradley Chubb) in front of him, funneling everything his way. He couldn’t be stepping into a better situation, that matches his game than this one.
While the star pass rushers will get all the fame, Jewell will be cleaning up everything that moves. He’s one my breakout favorites for 2019. I project he will easily tally one hundred plus tackles this season and should be among the league leaders for some years to come. He will be a star in tackle heavy scoring leagues. Add him to your rosters and reap the rewards.
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