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3 Low-Cost Playmakers the Broncos Should Target in Free Agency

Max Staley
The Denver Broncos pass-catching group could use a boost this offseason.
The Denver Broncos pass-catching group could use a boost this offseason. / Dustin Bradford/Getty Images
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Drew Lock came in and revitalized the Denver Broncos, leading the team to a 4-1 record over the final five games of the season. While his play created a lot of optimism, this offense still has a lot of room for improvement.

Outside of Courtland Sutton, no Broncos' wide receiver that's still on the team had more than 297 receiving yards in 2019. Clearly, if Lock, and this offense, is going to take the next step in 2020, the front office will have to address its skill-position group. So with that in mind, here are three low-cost playmakers the Broncos should look to add this offseason.

1. Devin Funchess

Devin Funchess is worth the gamble for a WR-needy team like Denver.
Devin Funchess is worth the gamble for a WR-needy team like Denver. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts signed Devin Funchess to a one-year, $10 million deal. It's safe to say it didn't work out. The former Carolina Panther only played one game for the team, and he will now hit the open market in search of a new home. Denver would be a logical landing spot for him. The big-bodied WR could create a dangerous trio alongside Sutton and Noah Fant, allowing Denver to trot out three 6'4" pass-catchers. That could make Denver really difficult to guard in the red zone.

2. Randall Cobb

Randall Cobb could be a solid fit on the Broncos.
Randall Cobb could be a solid fit on the Broncos. / Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

Alternatively, Denver could opt to bring in a slot WR to serve as another safety blanket for its developing signal-caller. Randall Cobb certainly fits the bill. While his best football is likely behind him, he proved he can still get it done last season, averaging a career-high 15.1 yards per reception. Injury issues should knock down his price tag a bit (12 missed games since 2016), and Cobb would be a fantastic addition that Denver wouldn't need to break the bank for.

3. Paul Richardson

Paul Richardson is a nice low-risk, high-reward gamble.
Paul Richardson is a nice low-risk, high-reward gamble. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Like Cobb, Paul Richardson has dealt with injury issues, but he's a solid field stretcher who could bring a whole new element to Denver's offense. He's averaged at least 13.0 yards per reception in three of the past four seasons, and the last time he played a full 16-game season (2017), he averaged 16.0 yards per reception, which was good for the ninth-best mark in the NFL. He's struggled to stay on the field since then, missing a combined 15 games over the past two years, but he'd be a great low-risk, high-reward signing as he's not likely to cost much on the open market.


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