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Published on 02/17/2013 at Sun Feb 17 19:50.
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The Denver Broncos will probably have a new starting middle linebacker this season, but the team may not have to go far to find him.

“The Broncos won’t be looking for a middle linebacker, even though Keith Brooking is a free agent and Joe Mays is coming off a season-ending injury. The plan is for Nate Irving and Steve Johnson to compete for the starting job at that position, with Irving having the edge because of experience.

“Irving was Denver’s third-round draft pick in 2011 and was hurt as much as any player by the NFL lockout that year, but he flashed ability in 2012. Johnson was an undrafted rookie last season,” the Denver Post‘s Mike Klis wrote on Sunday afternoon.

Klis went on to note that the team will use their franchise tag on left tackle on Ryan Clady as early as Tuesday and would like to re-sign safety/special teams ace David Bruton before the start of free agency (March 12).  You can find a list of free agents the Broncos may target right here.

  • 350legend

    This should be a good coming season for us..

  • Pete Baron

    All I can say is Rock Chalk!!!! Go Stephen Johnson!!!

  • cdubarkansasrep

    Man I hope Irving shows me smtg next year! Kid has potential to be a beast. We need someone in the backfield who gets nasty!

  • Carlo Scuri

    DJ Williams inside is really so bad as an idea?

  • Jeffrey Koch

    i would love for stephen johnson to step up and become a star. the undrafted player will definitely play with a chip on his shoulder and hopefully that makes him work hard and become the next London Fletcher

  • Pete Baron

    I think DJ, while able to rack up the stats at MLB is a crap MLB and never seems to have anyone in the right defensive look. I’d rather have an actual MLB than DJ converting to the MLB. I think converting players to play positions they never were is always a horrible idea. Yes, DJ has been our MLB before, but if memory serves, that was some of the worst linebacking corps play we’ve ever seen.

  • robtink242

    This feels like Nate Webster vs Niko Koutouvides all over again.. they’re are both 2 down LB’s but we’re in a passing league so DJ and Woody will handle that Nickle and Dyme packages