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Published on 05/10/2012 at Thu May 10 14:37.
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Drayton Florence as a Bill

Drayton Florence #29 and Aaron Williams #23 of the Buffalo Bills celebrate an interception against the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 27, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos continued to address their secondary Thursday, coming to terms with free agent cornerback Drayton Florence, formerly of the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer first reported. The team and Florence each confirmed the news on their respective Twitter accounts.

The Broncos and Florence reportedly agreed to a two-year deal worth $4.5-$5.5 million. By comparison, recently released cornerback Andre Goodman was due $4.62 million in 2012 alone. The Broncos got a similar player for half the price.

In nine years with the Chargers, Jaguars and Bills, Florence has accrued 17 interceptions for two touchdowns and three forced fumbles. A starter for the Bills the past three seasons, he tallied 168 tackles and 38 passes defensed in Buffalo.

Florence visited the Tennessee Titans earlier this week (sorry again Tennessee), while the Chargers were also said to have interest in their former corner.

Florence’s best days are behind him, but he’ll push for a starting job and at the very least add depth to Denver’s secondary. I like the move.

  • Jon

    Nice secondary depth.

    Champ, Tracy, Drayton, Omar, Cassisus, Syd’Quan and the young bucks.

  • Anonymous

    Hard to argue with this signing.  Adds some good experience to the secondary.  

  • Laurabee Samuel

    i will argue, we just added another old player to our already “aged” secondary. yes it adds depth, however if we wanted depth we still should have gone down the “youth” road. we do already have some great young corners and safteys. I.E. chris harris, sydquan thompson, cassius vaughn, and a few from the draft. harris is starter material and i think we should and will stick with them plus we have tracy porter opposite champ. and two nickle guys who can both play outside as well. depth was never an issue in my opinion. we just got another old back that may last a year. 

  • Joe

    It shows me that they are going after championships now not waiting for the young guys to improve!!! Great move!!!!

  • Anonymous

    So what young CB would you have signed instead of Florence?  The pickings are pretty slim at this point in free agency so it’s not like there are talented young CB’s looking for teams.  If he only lasts a year so be it.  I think it’s more valuable to have a veteran presence in the secondary (even if he rarely sees the field) than to sign one more project CB.  

  • stav

    I like it. Depth and more depth. Let Porter and Florence fight it out for the starting spot along with hopefully some surprise youngsters.

  • mcyogi

    Love this move. Makes it that much harder to spread us out and gives our top shelf pass rush more freedom to gamble and go after the QB.

    Gone are the days when we were out-manned, out-talented, or out-schemed. We’re gonna be a tough out for any team.

  • Anonymous

    Honestly I hope it doesn’t come down to them fighting it out for the starting spot.  I think that would say a lot about Porters ability if Florence wins out. 

  • Tom9798

    Great move!  100% for the experience to our backfield!

  • Glenocana

    I Love this pick up, Champ goes to free safety, Florence and Porter take the corners and we have Harris and Squid as our nickle. Nice Move!

  • Broncoman

    In today’s NFL, you need six quality DB’s on the field in many situations, if not seven or eight.  This is an upgrade.  Would I have liked youth, sure.  But at what cost?  People act like you can select an NFL player like picking a movie at a Red Box.  What are you willing to give up to take the youth?  Draft picks? Salary?  If you spend 5 mil or more on youth, you it’s not available to spend somewhere else.  This is a good pick up and it makes the Broncos better, bottom line.  Got a starter for 2 mil a year.  Pretty good value.

  • Harpering2003

    I love the move everybody who hates it just adds another proven player to our team can’t argue that

  • Tim Lynch

    hahahah, “Sorry again Tennessee”.  

  • millertime

    don’t move champ to safety yet please.  He has another year or two at cornerback.

  • Broncos Report

    The Titans site was fun to read…all their fans wanted this Florence kid (whom I admit I know very little about) but the minute he signs with Denver, he’s “the worst corner in the league.”