ESPN on Monday unveiled a list of bests and worsts in the NFL across a variety of categories and the Broncos landed on both sides of the spectrum in terms of free agent signings.
Denver signing quarterback Peyton Manning in 2012 was named the best free agent signing. Manning outshined other potential candidates Eagles QB Nick Foles, Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu, Falcons center Alex Mack and Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmonre, who were listed on the fan poll.
“John Elway hailed it as a franchise-changing move that ‘raises all boats,’” ESPN’s Jeff Legwold writes. “In Manning’s four seasons, the Broncos won 50 games, four division titles, went to two Super Bowls, won Super Bowl 50 and set the NFL’s single-season scoring record (606) as the only 600-point team in league history.”
The worst signing went to the Texans in 2016, picking up outgoing Broncos QB Brock Osweiler with a $72 million contract.
“Osweiler threw 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions before being benched in Week 15 of the 2016 season. It was clear his future wasn’t in Houston due to a deteriorated relationship with O’Brien, so Houston got rid of Osweiler’s contract that next offseason by trading him and a second-round draft pick to the Browns,” ESPN’s Sarah Barshop writes.
Osweiler would return to the Broncos in 2017, platooning with Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian.
— Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post
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