Posted Sun Sep 4th by Monty
The Denver Broncos had the 2nd pick in the NFL waiver wire Sunday. Many thought “The Day After Cut Day” would be a virtual second draft for the Broncos in 2011. Deeper teams’ trash would become Mile High treasures for a front office eager to improve its depth and talent.
But the Broncos opted not to place one claim.
In contrast, the Carolina Panthers, who had top priority, snagged five players through waiver wire claims Sunday. Other teams, like the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, picked up three apiece.
It’s true that claiming a player on the waiver wire means you also inherit the player’s contract, and that the Broncos haven’t been as loose with the purse strings as they have been in years past, but not addressing their depth on the offensive line and defensive line with some of the players that were available is surprising at best, maddening at worst.
For instance, the Bengals, who had the 4th option in the waiver wire, snagged two young, experienced, relatively productive players in WR Brandon Tate and C/G Mike McGlynn. It’s particularly disappointing to see McGlynn go to another team when the Broncos could have easily signed the former Eagles starter. It’s true that McGlynn doesn’t know the Broncos’ system, but he’d be a clear upgrade over Manny Ramirez or even Russ Hochstein. And, as a backup, he’d have time to learn.
Today’s flurry of moves means the Broncos do have another option at the waiver wire tomorrow. But based on today’s relative lack of activity (signing CB Jonathan Wilhite, a free agent, was the only roster move), don’t get your hopes up.