Champ Bailey is widely considered to be among the very finest cover corners in the NFL. Opponents rarely test him. Unfortunately, Bailey can only cover one receiver at a time. The Broncos have recognized a need to get Champ help in the secondary and they have done something about it - several things actually.
First, the Broncos signed free-agent corner and former Saint, Tracy Porter. Porter famously helped the Saints beat Peyton Manning and the Colts in the Super Bowl. The addition of Porter alone would have improved the Broncos cornerback situation dramatically - but the team did not stop there.
They also drafted Arizona State's Omar Boldin in the fourth round of this years' draft.
But the Broncos still weren't done.
Yesterday they inked a two-year deal with 10-year veteran and former Buffalo Bill, Drayton Florence. He will compete for playing time with Porter and Boldin and help bring some of the Broncos young defenders along.
Despite the now-crowded defensive backfield, Florence, a free-agent, chose Denver over San Diego. “Competition is always great for a team.", Florence told the Associated Press, "That’s what I’ve come here to do, compete for a job, whether that be a starting job or a nickel role,” His objective? “Just come in and help this team in as many ways as I can, not only on defense but special teams, also. Whatever I’m asked to do, just coming out and competing and helping some of the young guys develop.”
John Fox is building the Broncos in him image. That starts on defense. The addition of three new corners will help insure that passing on the Broncos will be no easy task in 2012.