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Larry Rupp
The Denver Broncos have been linked to pass rusher Chandler Jones in free agency.
The Denver Broncos have been linked to pass rusher Chandler Jones in free agency. / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

There's no denying that the Denver Broncos are in need of a pass rusher to line up alongside young stud Bradley Chubb next season. Both Von Miller ansd Shelby Harris were shipped off in trades and a number of depth players along Denver's defensive line are set to hit the open market.

The latest free agency rumors link the Broncos to two-time All-Pro Chandler Jones. Of course, bringing the 32-year-old to town would instantly upgrade a defense that already allowed just 18.9 points per game in 2021 (No. 2 in NFL). Jones has the skillset to take things to a whole other level.

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Jones is coming off a season in which he posted double-digit sacks for the sixth time in the last seven years. The four-time Pro Bowler also racked up 26 quarterback hits, 4 pass breakups and 6 forced fumbles in 15 games played. It's safe to say he hasn't lost his step quite yet.

Not only would signing Jones improve Denver's pass-rushing unit, but it would also take a lot of pressure off of Chubb. The 2018 first-round pick has posted just 8.5 sacks over the last three seasons after finishing with 12.0 during his rookie year and could use some veteran mentorship.

Yes, Jones would cost a pretty penny to sign and is expected to draw an annual salary near $20 million. It's not like the Broncos don't have the cash to pay up, though. Denver has over $26.1 million in available cap space and could always make a multi-year deal heavy in the back half if needed.

For now, the Broncos are tied for the sixth-best odds to win Super Bowl 57 at +1300, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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