The AFC West is gearing up to be one of the NFL's toughest divisions in 2022 and a big part of that has to do with the offseason moves that the Denver Broncos have made. From acquiring Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks to hiring Nathaniel Hackett as the new head coach, the future looks bright in the Mile High City.
Having said that, the Broncos also made some offseason moves that might be underrated by fans. Sure, the flashier transactions are fun, but it's the under-the-radar deals that can be the difference-makers in a championship run.
Here's a look at the three most underrated Broncos offseason moves.
Broncos Offseason Moves
1. Re-Signing Melvin Gordon
Running back Javonte Williams impressed Broncos fans in the backfield as a 2021 rookie and with Melvin Gordon being a free agent, some fans didn't think the veteran RB was needed. However, Denver decided to bring Gordon back on a one-year deal in a move that could save the team. Williams might be the starter going forward, but Gordon is still one of the NFL's better No. 2 RBs, having recording 918 yards and eight touchdowns on 203 carries last year. Gordon's no longer in his prime, but he's a useful player to have around in case Williams suffers a sophomore slump or even gets injured. It might not seem like his re-signing was a big move, but it should be one that fans think fondly of as the year goes on.
2. Drafting Nik Bonitto
Non-Broncos fans might have forgotten that the team used a second-round pick on former Oklahoma edge rusher Nik Bonitto, especially after the team added veteran Randy Gregory. Though Gregory and Bradley Chubb will see the bulk of opportunities at the position, Bonitto has a shot at being an impactful player in Denver. The Broncos only had 36 sacks in 2021 (T-No. 18), whereas Bonitto had 16 sacks over his final two years with the Sooners. If he brings that same energy to the NFL, it might not be long before he becomes an everyday player. Add in the possibility of Gregory running into discipline issues again, and Bonitto can really make a name for himself this year.
3. Signing K'Waun Williams
After spending the last five seasons in the Bay Area, veteran cornerback K'Waun Williams joined the Broncos on a two-year this offseason. Williams is the type of player that can become a fan favorite because he can do it all. He held quarterbacks to a 91.7 passer rating when targeted last year and has only given up two touchdown passes in his last 37 games (20 starts). The 30-year-old isn't afraid to join the pass rush either, recording 28 blitzes, five pressures and a sack in 2021. He might not be the biggest signing of the offseason, but Williams is a gritty player who'll make the Broncos tougher to play against going forward.
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