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Published on 05/13/2011 at Fri May 13 07:12.
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Barry Cofield sacks Jay Cutler

Barry Cofield sacks Jay Cutler

It’s wishful thinking at best that the NFL will have a deal by the ides of June. Nonetheless, that can’t stop a man (or a woman) from pondering about the abundance of free agents that should be available for Denver to sign.

At their biggest need, defensive tackle, these below are the best players available.

Barry Cofield, DT, Giants

Barry Cofield is a no-nonsense type of guy who is frankly not very happy with this whole lack of free agency shin-dig. When asked for his opinion regarding  players who are enjoying the lockout, Cofield responded:

It really pisses me off. My career and some other guys, it’s the definition of irreparable harm. I’m not going to get last year back. That’s a year off my career, a year of pounding on my body. And this offseason I’m not going to get back. Doing the draft before free agency, that hurts a lot of guys. It definitely hurt me.

After being drafted in the fourth round out of Northwestern, Cofield so far has spent his entire NFL career (five seasons) with the New York Giants. In those five seasons he has mustered up 10.5 sacks and 202 tackles.

Despite having a career season last year with 54 tackles and four sacks on a defensive line that is extremely difficult to get playing time on, Cofield will most likely not be sought to be resigned in New York.

Brandon Mebane, DT, Seattle Seahawks

Brandon Mebane is a young gun out of Seattle who was was selected in the third round out of California to help stop the run. In his four seasons in the NFL Mebane has done just that, tallying up 10 sacks and 148 tackles. Mebane isn’t enjoying his time during the lockout either, last month he sent a humorous tweet to express his opinion.

@Mebane92 – Ok so if this Lockout doesn’t get any better soon, I’m hitting the Unemployment Office. Like a.s.a.p.

Mebane is a high character guy who has enjoyed his time in Seattle, another team will have to offer up some big numbers to pull Mebane away.

Tommie Harris, DT, Former Chicago Bear

Tommie Harris was highly touted coming out of college at Oklahoma. Harris was known for his high production and high character in college. Harris was invited to do Playboy’s All-America Team photo shoot, but he declined saying, “I have four sisters and no interest in promoting Hugh Hefner’s agenda. What would I be saying by being in that magazine? That I’m poor and am looking for publicity?

Harris became the 14th overall pick of the 2004 draft and for his first five seasons he proved that he was worth that high selection. In five seasons Harris racked up 24.5 sacks as a defensive tackle. However, his production, health, actions, and price tag lead to his eventual release this offseason. Against the Arizona Cardinals in the 2009 season Tommie Harris was ejected just 65-seconds into the game for punching Deuce Lutui in the face.

During the 2010 season due to performance reasons Harris lost his starting job. Shortly after the 2010 season ended Harris was released from the Bears.

What do you think Bronco fans? Who should Denver take (if they could) in Free Agency?

(If they could) Who should Denver take in Free Agency

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  • Mergrath

    How can I select Mebane & Cofield…

  • Roy

    In a perfect world… Barry Cofield, Brandon Mebane, Charles Johnson, Johnathan Joseph, Carl Nicks or Davin Joseph,  Zach Miller, Michael Bush or Mike Tolbert.

    Hey, this is a wish list, right?

  • TD30isMVP

    Wishlist;
    1) Mebane
    2) These morons that voted last year during the season to decertify would   quit saying that they are upset now with the lock-out
    3) One of these judges would say “stop using the legal system as a bargaining tool and get a deal done!  You have already shown you have no concience toward your fans, but during one of the worst economic times in this country you are wasting their tax dollars as well, get…back…to…work!”

  • TD30isMVP

    On another note, the fact that we had the draft before free agency probably will help us to get some decent free agents, the teams that were dying for a DT already reached in the draft and we should be able to resign Thomas easier as well.

  • Nisse

    if something is decided to be wrong by the judges, then i feel its not a bad thing to do to use it against the owners.

    just as it wouldnt be a bad thing to use the legal system against a company that is endangering its employes with dangerous work envirements.

    why is this wrong? i cant get my head around it.

  • TD30isMVP

    Here is the problem, both sides have been preparing to go to court for the last two years instead of negotiating a new CBA, they are using the judicial system to further their own cause instead of negotiating in good faith. The owners made it clear when they took the option to let the current CBA end two years ago that they wanted to negotiate a new one more “owner friendly”. The Union made it clear last year that they had no intention to negotiate by agreeing during the season team b
    team to decertify this year when the CBA expired. The owners responded by trying to build a war chest with the TV moneywhich the Union countered with a lawsuit (and won).
    The Union told their players last year to start saving money for
    a lockout. Both sides were preparing for a lockout, moves and
    counter moves (which is why the NFLPA is led by a lawyer
    instead of a former player) with zero intention of actually sitting
    down and getting a deal done without going to court first and
    using it as a bargaining tool. The owners are only doing
    something wrong if you honestly believe the Union is dissolved
    and you have a bunch of helpless non-union employees sitting
    out there unable to work through no fault of their own. Or you
    can believe that this was the plan all along to use the labor
    laws against the owners to force a court date and try to get
    better leverage. By Asking their employers to fully disclose
    their books to their employees (they knew this would not
    happen) thus forcing the lockout. The old CBA was a sweet
    deal

    for the Union and they know it so the court could choose to
    extend
    it until a new agreement is reached or uphold the lockout. This
    was never about right and wrong it was always about both
    sides trying to gain leverage for a better deal…wasting our tax
    dollars so that they can get more of our money. I fall squarely on the side of the fans and I say…GET BACK TO WORK!!!

  • 12508

    I like Mike Tolbert and the CB from Oakland. We need a shut down CB.

  • CJ

    I like darren sproles.Hes a good change of pace back after we have knowshon and lendale

  • http://thingsatrexdoes.tumblr.com Mike Birtwistle

    All of them!

  • Nisse

    either u think the NFLPA is going to win in court, or u think the NFL owners are going to win. in either case, its the other part that is going to be wrong, and the reason this lockout happens.

    if one part thinks they are going to win in the court, u cant actuelly belive they should get a deal done that isnt in there favor, right? if u were suing someone, would u aggre to a deal that isnt in your favor before going to court? i wouldnt blame u for going to court if u belive you are right if u cant get what u want out of a settlement.

  • Nisse

    and btw, i dont think it will be the fans that pays for this. the price of tickets ect. are already at a market price. its not like the owners arent already trying to get as much money as possible for tickets.

  • 12508

    Lendale is a bum. Moreno has to show alot more. Tolbert could help us alot. Would be nice to get some help at wr. On defense we could use Woodley and Harris at lb. I would got after Asomugha really hard. I would get rid of almot anyone on the roster to sign him. Asomugha would is a lock down cb. We all know that. I would cut Dawkins,Orton, Quinn, and a few more tomorrow to sign him. When you go into games against Rivers,Manning,Brady,Big Ben, and any other top Qb he would HELP. I swear I could run a team. Sometimes I wonder what some of the GM'S are thinking!

  • dbroncs24/7

    I swear you could run our team too…. further below ground than we already are. What are you smoking?? First off cut anyone for Asomugha? Does the name Champ Bailey ring a bell? We can't break the bank for a corner when we have such a hole to fill at DT. Second your next move would be to cut the captain (who happens to be the best leader on our team) Dawkins, when we just drafted young safeties who need to learn?? that should inspire a good locker room attitude. And last you want to cut a player in Orton who is generating trade buzz?? Brilliant.

  • CJ

    haha agreed

  • Hrlaxer

    12508….. You are a fucking retard? You can't run a team… There is also something called cap room which we would completely use up for Nmadi. Right now pretty much every team that needed a DT took one in the draft. So we got great chances on any of these DT to join the Broncos.

  • http://nation.theorangepage.com/blog Ian Henson

    No one's going to catch you, if you can't just let go.

  • TD30isMVP

    On that note you did not take into account that they set “market price”.  Nor did you mention merchandising, direct TV, parking, or concessions.  Your cable bill can be effected should the owners need to recoup losses or the players sue because the owners did not negotiate the best deal possible.  I help negotiate contracts in the real world and it was clear from the start this was going to court instead of the bargaining table which pisses me off since they have a big enough piece of pie where they could have chosen to bargain in good faith instead of playing a legal game.  There are no true legal issues at stake, it is a game payed for by our tax dollars and then our wallets when we want a hat.

  • TD30isMVP

    If our D-line gets after the QB then we will have a stable full of shut down corners.  The GM's are thinking this is not Madden football.

  • Stunner0792

    Haha, 12508 just got burned like the dumbass he is! love it!

  • 12508

    Who is the dumbass? You want to keep players who got you ow many wins last year? What is the biggest problem with the Broncos? THE FANS. Just keep drinking the cool aid and keep the hope alive. Dawkins is the Captain. So what? What did the defense do last year under his leadership?Nada. Do you really think Champ is still a shut down cb? Get a grip. Orton has created trade buzz? Really? With who and for what? A 5th round pick in next years cfl draft? No gm in the NFL is going to give you crap for Orton unless his name is Brian Xanders. We signed a few dt last year and how did that work out? If you think cofield is going to help you are a bigger moron than Xanders. We drafted 2nd for several reasons. Number one on the list is the lack of playmakers. Let me guess you morons would rather have cofield or another average dt free agent over Revis. No wonder this team stinks. The fans just don't have a clue. Tebow was drafted in the 1st round and has to learn how to throw a football and people on this site think he can win a super bowl. Did you notice we passed on two dt in the 2nd round for a ot? No metion of that by you morons. JUST KEEP PRAYING WITH TEBOW WE ARE GOING TO NEED IT.

  • TD30isMVP

    Someone needs a hug….

  • 12508

    I just want a Super Bowl or a chance. I dont want #2 picks or a 9 win season. Tired of losing. Tired of looking at Brian Xanders. Tired of dumb picks in the draft. Tired of bad free agent moves. Tired of giving up 40 points a game. Tired of watching Moreno asking for a blow. Tired of Ayers looking lost. Tired of Kyle Orton. Tired Watching Rivers and Gates doing whatever they want against us. I would like to get DirecTv and watch a good team with a shot. Tired of the fans just waiting for things to get better. We should be wearing the paper bags. Did we forget this is Broncos football? Orange Crush? Yes I need a hug.

  • MrEast

    Alright guys, let's not resort to name calling. Just because you don't agree with someone doesn't mean you have be offensive. Keep it clean boys.

  • 12508

    Just having a little fun. I do need a hug tho.

  • dbroncs24/7

    I won't go into the fact that a safety alone can't make a defense, the fact that the Cardinals have already called the Broncos regarding Orton, or that you think that Nnamdi (who has only had more than 1 int once in his career) is better than Champ. Apparently you somehow know less about football than you do about grammar, or as you would put it “gramma”, so this conversation is over. Since clearly you are a fair weather fan who wants to “watch a good team with a shot”, so why don't you do us a favor and join their blog. Apparently you somehow know less about football than you do about grammar, or as you would put it “gramma”, so this conversation is over. Since clearly you are a fair weather fan who wants to “watch a good team with a shot”, so why don't you do us a favor and join their blog.

  • 12508

    If you want to talk about ”gramma” you got that. If you want to talk about football you have a problem. Champ or Asomugha? Asomugha or anyone else in the NFL? The Cardinals called? Good. They can have Orton for a bag of balls. Money saved. Now we can offer Asomugha more money. Thanks for making my point. Get rid of these bums and get some playmakers in here. 1 int? Yeah because they dont throw to his side.

  • 12508

    Do us all a favor and question the players on this roster. This roster is pretty pathetic. What do you want me to say? It looks good for 2011? Open your eyes. We stink. All we can hope for is preseason games. Only way we can get to 6 wins. Answer your phone its Arizona with a 6th rond pick for Orton.

  • CJ

    I'm sorry, but signing a corner who is turning 30 isn't the answer to Denver's dilemma. There is holes all over this team and by spending your whole piggy bank on one player is not the direction we need to go. Just ask the Washington Redskins.

    If your so tired of watching Denver and all of this roster just find another team. Its as easy as changing the channel man. haha

  • TD30isMVP

    Listen this has been a long time coming, Shanny ditching every good DE when it was time to pay them so he could pay his offense, six D coaches in six years all with different schemes, McD….ah heck we all no what happened there. I have been a fan since Craig Morton was QB and have seen some pretty bad teams as well as some teams with good talent that didn't live up to the hype. Point is we are all frustrated but things will get better, not in one draft, not with one free agent but with careful building…be patient.

  • Hrlaxer Buckley

    And just too add on to yours which you are completely right about. We can't expect to just become amazing in one off- season. It takes time and is a process. And with getting Nmadi that wouldn't help at all. And don't think those DT free agents arnt good cause they are very good players! With a good D line comes a great pass rushing team

  • CJ

    Exactly. agree with both of you. I like the direction Elway is pointing us so far. He said he wanted 4 starters in this years draft. Bill Williamson ESPN thinks they may have got 5.

    Lets just hope there is a free agency or we will be literally run down

  • Nisse

    think things trought before u comment, if u say this roster is pathetic, then why should we use a boatload of cash on one single player.

    youre right about the talk of grammar though, whining about grammar is lower than name calling.

    unless u say orten instead of orton

  • dbroncs24/7

    I am so sick of that “they don't throw” on him bullshit! In 2006 Champ got thrown on only 35 times and do you know what his stats were?? 10 ints (Nnamdi has 11 career), 21 passes defended (more than Nnamdi's career-high 19), and only allowed four completions (no touchdowns). So don't talk about lack of production due to limited targets. Don't get me wrong I think he's a great player but comparing him to Champ is laughable. http://findarticles.com/p/arti

  • Mattbryant95

    Wow HR laxer your such a fag! Matt bryant is obviously the coolest kid ever. FYI

  • English Major

    I musd tak ishuu wid teh gramma topik.  Itts verry impertint for uz to. bE morr gooder wid spellin.  Morr gooder spellin en bizness end endustree.

  • 12508

    Everyone in the NFL agrees Nnamdi is the best CB in the NFL. You dont want to throw a alot of money at him becase he too old? How many people on this site had to have Champ back in 2011. How old is Champ? We are not talking about 2006 Champ Bailey. Yes Champ was great for us and now he is just a good player. I would not throw a dime at Cofield or any other DT free agent. Im in NY and Cofield did nothing for the Giants. If we are going to spend money we should sign the best players in the market. We had a shot at a couple of DT in the draft and didnt take them. Ok now you want to sign avarage players. We already have some. How many good years do you think Champ has left?

  • dbroncs24/7

    First off everyone in the NFL hasn't agreed that Nnamdi is the best, in fact most people would say Revis deserves the crown (another theory based on one great year). Something else that is a misconception, if you don't agree watch the Viking game from last year when Percy Harvin (not even a number one receiver) burned him for 2 touchdowns. Back on the topic, you want to talk about not being the same player as 2006, newsflash Nnamdi's only good year was 2006 (btw didn't even have a pick last year). He's about to turn thirty so if you think we should only sign him (and if we do thats all we can afford because he's ridiculously over-priced) and not any DT than there are no words to describe your ignorance. Just in case you think that a D-line can't make a secondary, just take a look at the 2007 Giants who toppled the almighty undefeated Patriots (holding them to 14 points, well below their average of 32.4 points per game) almost completely due to their 5 sacks and continual pressure on Brady by the D-line in the Super Bowl.

  • TD30isMVP

    Simple numbers dictate we NEED to sign a couple DT's, whether they are the veterans you don't want or undrafted FA's we are running a 4-3 alignment and simply need more bodies inside.  We just need the DT's to hold the line especially with the 4-3 ”under” approach they will use to put Von into the backfield.  If we just needed that “one” player I would agree with you and scream for Nnamdi, however that just is not the case.

  • 12508

    I don't any dt in free agency is going to turn us into the 2007 Giants. Let's agree that Revis is better. Now name 2 more cb's in his class.

  • 12508

    I doubt

  • robtink242

    I don't know why you guys keep dogging Tommy Harris.. the guy is the truth.. He's big and nasty the type of player that you need.. Guys like Cofield benefited from Osi, Strahan and Tuck. He played for good DC.. so his numbers are deceptive.. Mebane on other hand i have no knowledge of the guy.. last year his 5 tackles against the AFC West isn't enough for me.. I say we sign Harris and let him play with a Marcus Thomas/Vickerson and a possible Trade…  PS we got more production out of Thomas than Seattle had out of Mebane

  • 12508

    I agree. We should go with the DT'S we have on the roster. Why throw money at players that wont make an impact? They key to a 4-3 is DE'S. I also agree that we need more than that one player but it would be a damn good start moving foward on defense. Don't get me wrong. Champ can still play. Asomugha would just help everyone else. Give the front seven a few more seconds to get the QB and stop the run.

  • Hrlaxer Buckley

    I honestly don't think you understand the game and concept of football bro….. I think you should really think about what you are saying…

  • TD30isMVP

    What 12508 said is not totally out of line, but that line of thinking is dated.  The NFL now runs multiple receiver sets as the norm so even with Champ locking down one side and Nnamdi the other the QB would still have plenty of options.  He is correct that the 4-3 is all about the DE's but you still need stallwort tackles to push up the middle, not superstars.  If the line gets pressure on the QB then you do not need shut down corners, you need physical corners who can press the receiver and throw off the timing of the route.

  • 12508

    None of these free agent tackles can make that impact you talk about. We already have dt like them. Since we don't have the front seven you speak of we should o after the shut down Cb . Seems to be working for the jets. If Suh was a free agent I would go after the dt but he is not and these dt are average.

  • TD30isMVP

    Impact? Did I write something I forgot about? So you are wanting to spend 100 million on a corner and mortgage the next few years on this one corner? I do not get the logic when we need average DT's which are what these guys are. We need more bodies in the middle and another RB probably as well we just do not have the money for your dream CB and our basic needs to fill out the roster.

  • 12508

    Ok TD lets go with Tommy Harris. If he is healthy and that is a huge if I would look at him first. He was a beast when healthy.

  • TD30isMVP

    Glad we could come to an agreement, maybe we should work this CBA out…If we have enough bodies for a rotation then I would take a flyer on Harris, he would not have to play every snap and could actually be an impact player in a limited role.

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