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Published on 05/25/2012 at Fri May 25 13:00.
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Denver Broncos Hold Organized Team Activities

Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos stretches with the team during organized team activities at Dove Valley on May 21, 2012 in Englewood, Colorado. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

It’s been awhile since we opened up the polls to something beside BT Profile Approval ratings, so with the first set of OTA’s behind us, let’s talk the Denver Broncos offseason.

I recently appeared as a guest on All Purpose Roto‘s podcast to talk Broncos, and took inventory of Denver’s offseason to prepare for the chat (that interview will air during their live show Monday; we’ll drop a link on Twitter and the subsequent Daily Links). Anyway, jotting down the results of the Broncos offseason got me wondering: we all know everyone’s favorite offseason move the Broncos made this offseason was signing Peyton Freaking Manning… what was your second favorite move?

Let’s break down the choices and dish it out in the poll and comments.

Tightening up the tight end position

The Broncos were savagely murdered by the two tight end combination of the New England Patriots twice in 2012, and as the old saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them. Free agent pickups Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen aren’t going to confuse anyone for Rob Gronkowski, but with Manning at the helm, the hope is they can do a decent imitation.

Bolstering the secondary, big time

No personnel group was more aggressively pursued by the Broncos this offseason than their secondary. They signed Tracy Porter to a one-year deal, who has the inside slant on starting opposite Champ Bailey based on the first set of OTA’s. They added veteran Drayton Florence and rookie Omar Bolden, as well as Coryell Judie as a UDFA; they signed Mike Adams to presumably start at free safety, and he’s saying all the right things. The Broncos got younger at DB, and it appears they got better too; with the idea that Peyton Manning will have them sitting on high scores and forcing their opponents to early pass-heavy attacks, the Broncos secondary can now match up against just about anybody.

Addressing DT with the top pick

If it feels like it’s been years and years since the Broncos used their top draft pick on a defensive tackle, that’s because it has been. Derek Wolfe may not start in year one, but he’s a one-gap pass rushing threat that could really add a new element to Denver’s already fierce threat of Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller.

Adding a running back threat

If healthy, I believe the Ronnie Hillman draft pick will have more immediate impact than any other rookie the Broncos brought to Dove Valley this year.

Providing young competition for the interior O.L.

Between the Philip Blake draft pick and the additions of Austin Wuebbels and Wayne Tribue, the Broncos have added some meat to their left guard and center positions to compete with Zane Beadles and J.D. Walton, who struggled at times last year.

Hiring Jack Del Rio

Of course, the move was forced by the departure of Dennis Allen to coach the Raiders, but Del Rio has a promising history as a defensive coordinator in the NFL.

Looking toward the future

The Broncos added QB Brock Osweiler, who already has John Elway‘s blessing as “quarterback of the future”… or is that label really a curse? Either way, with the addition of Osweiler’s ASU teammate WR Gerrell Robinson, the Broncos have set the foundation for what the team will look like three or more years down the road.

So, which is it Broncos fans? What move, outside the signing of Peyton Manning, has you most excited for 2012?

Which 2012 Broncos offseason move -- other than signing Manning -- is your favorite?

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  • Anonymous

    I voted for boistering the secondary… but I actually really like all the moves listed.

  • Josh Temple

    Best signing outside of Manning was Tracy Porter, by far.

  • Anonymous

    Well, except for QB of the future.  (But only because I so want Manning to be healthy and play for at least another five years.  And really believe he will.)

  • Jon

    I voted hiring Jack Del Rio as the new defensive coordinator.

    All of the big wigs in Dove Valley have experience, professionalism and a winning history.  From Owner Pat Bowlen, to V.P. John Elway to H.C. John Fox to D.C. Jack Del Rio to QB Peyton Manning.  I can’t think of five other guys I would rather have running the Broncos.

    The future is bright, Bronco fans!

  • Monty

    If we signed him to a four-year deal, maybe. But the one-year contract makes that a lot less appealing to me.

  • Tim Lynch

    I’ll be happy about the Manning signing when he actually proves he can come back from the injury.  Otherwise, its Brock Osweiler in 2012.  fml

  • Tim Lynch

    Del Rio!  My favorite too – even over Manning.  I didn’t see him as an option though

  • Monty

    Well that’s certainly a glass half empty look at things….

  • Anonymous

    LOL…I was thinking the same thing after your length of contract comment on Porter!  It’s actually a smart move, if he works out then they sign him to a longer contract, if not, no hard feelings.  IMO.

  • Anonymous

    Del Rio, hands down. All the other moves were fantastic. But when Del Rio’s signing excited Joe Mays more than even Peyton’s, that meant a lot to me. And then Del Rio said he expects a Top 10 defense. That’s the kind of coach I want. All the moves are going to do their parts in making this a better team, but Del Rio will be to the defense what Peyton is to the offense, IMO.

  • Josh Temple

    I think they wanted to see who the bountygate thing turned out.  Wouldn’t be surprised to see an extensions slapped on him now that he’s clear of player suspensions.

  • John Lee

    The Best Move Has to be beefing up the secondary. Assuming Peyton is completely healthy and plays at the expected level, this will be the best defense Peyton has had. Peyton lost the Saints Super Bowl because of the defense for Indianapolis.

  • Anonymous

    Jack Del Rio hands down

  • Anonymous

    Del Rio hands down!

  • Anonymous

    Bolstering the secondary is great but a great secondary sucks with a bad front and great front can make an average secondary pretty great.

    I gotta go with Wolfe on this one. It’s a long ways from where I want to be on the front 4 but thank Jeevus we picked him up. 

    All of the moves listed I think were great other than Os though. I wish that pick was another DT.

  • Tim Lynch

    I am an optimistic pessimist.  Especially when it comes to things I hold dear to my heart.

  • Tom9798

    They are all great choices.  I went with the secondary because I’m tired of getting shreaded from other offenses.  I think Adams, Porter and Florence will make a huge difference.

  • Anonymous

    firing xanders

  • Anonymous

    “Bolstering the secondary is great but a great secondary sucks with a bad front and great front can make an average secondary pretty great.”

    This is true, but a great secondary can in-fact make an average D-line look good as well, keep’em cov erd for that extra second and even the ok guys get there! And our D-Line is pretty stout on the edges, plus I don’t think the interior is going to suck as bad as some think… With Jack around I’m betting they will over achieve… ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Gotta give you kudos there Jim…

  • Anonymous

    I hope you’re right. I’m just an old school guy that believes the game is won in the trenches on both sides of the ball.