Posted Sat Jul 31st by Ian Henson
J.J. Arrington’s second tenure as a Denver Bronco at least almost lasted until training camp. The move either shows the confidence the Broncos have in running backs Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter, Kolby Smith, Lance Ball and co.; the confidence the Broncos have in returners Eddie Royal, Perrish Cox and Kenny McKinley or an utter lack of confidence in Arrington.
Arrington was sent to the Philadelphia Eagles for third year linebacker Joe Mays. In a move that’s essentially (in Denver’s eyes at least) a special teams player for a special teams player Mays will have an immediate spot with the Broncos on kickoffs and punts that’s his to lose.
It is rare to see deals like this happen around this time, PFT’s Gregg Rosenthall mused that it most likely points to the fact that neither of the teams thought either of these players would have made their team. I think it may point more to the fact that the Broncos want to create more competition at the left inside linebacker position with only having Mario Haggan, Wesley Woodyard and new comber Akin Ayodele in camp.
In his two seasons with Philadelphia, Mays was never able to establish himself as a starter. When given the chance in 2009 when Eagles starter Stewart Bradley went down for the season in training camp Mays was only able to start one game.