View Full Version : Broncos sign Courtney Brown

03-28-2005, 11:47 PM
From the Jags site... The Browns, Redskins, Jaguars and Seahawks all courted Brown, but he picked the Broncos, who had an opening because the Jaguars signed Reggie Hayward earlier in free agency.

Brown, who was the first pick in the 2000 draft but was plagued with injuries, was cut by the Browns earlier this month when he refused to take a pay cut.

He hadn't played an entire season since his rookie year and missed 33 games the last four seasons, including 14 of 16 this year.

Brown passed the Jaguars' physical and they had hoped he would give them more depth at defensive end.

Even though they've signed Hayward and have Paul Spicer, Rob Meier, Lionel Barnes and Brandon Green coming back from injuries, they're still looking to upgrade the defensive end position. http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/032805/jag_brown.shtml

03-28-2005, 11:57 PM
First Warren, now Brown...Who's next, Couch?

03-29-2005, 12:10 AM
Rumor in Denver is that they need a solid backup QB and could be taking a look at Couch later this week. :hmmm:

03-29-2005, 12:13 AM
What are the Broncos doing? Wasting money they barely have.

03-29-2005, 12:23 AM
The Broncos didnt have much cap till they released Dan Neil. Although many Jags fans wanted him I was against his cap # for a player who has played like what 15 games? :thumbdown

03-29-2005, 02:50 PM
First Warren, now Brown...Who's next, Couch?

It's almost comical, but the Browns and Broncos are considering a Droughns-Ekuban trade. I guess Denver watched the last Cleveland game and thought their D-line was pretty good. Little do they know. :whistle:

03-29-2005, 03:18 PM
Ekuban is pretty good against the run. He doesn't provide much of a pass-rush though.

03-29-2005, 09:30 PM
What if Brown becomes awesome and gives Denver a good pass rusher and leads Denver to Superbowl XXXX?

04-04-2005, 01:49 PM
Here's a pretty good article from LP of ESPN.com, and he does a good job of highlighting why the Broncos were so desperate to sign the Cleveland foursome. It's a long read, but it's got some good info. ESPN.com (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=2027049&num=2)

Their hardly flattering resumes notwithstanding, the onetime Cleveland linemen each will be counted upon to play major roles in the refurbished Denver defensive front. But why were the Broncos so incredibly desperate to restock? Why was Denver so willing to roll the dice on players whose careers keep coming up snake-eyes?

Well, in large part because the Broncos' organization has been so bad, and suffered such misfortune, in drafting defensive linemen.

Unlike the NFL's best and most stable teams, the Broncos don't grow defensive linemen. And, thus, Denver seems to be forever addressing its defensive line needs in the always dicey free-agent market. That usually means throwing good money after players who are in decline. None of the former Cleveland linemen are getting big deals financially, but all are stop-gaps, not players to develop for the long run.
And that inability, the failure to draft players and successfully raise them up through your own system, has been a glaring Broncos shortcoming.

Of the 10 defensive linemen who appeared in games for Denver in 2004, just three -- ends Reggie Hayward and Trevor Pryce and tackle Monsanto Pope -- originally were Denver draft choices. The Broncos' defensive line was like a halfway house for veteran free-agent players like Marco Coleman, Luther Elliss, Darius Holland, Ellis Johnson, Anton Palepoi and Raylee Johnson. Two of those players were added after the start of the season. If you were a defensive lineman who was released, and you had a pulse, chances were good that the Broncos were going to sign you.

Compare the Denver situation to that of, say, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. The Pats are loaded with young, viable and vital defensive linemen because coach Bill Belichick has made the position, and depth at it, a priority. New England took defensive linemen in the first round of three of the last four drafts. They also invested a couple of second-round picks on the defensive line during that stretch.

The kind of lopsided and unhealthy reliance on free-agent linemen that Denver has demonstrated of late, magnified again over the past month with the fixation on former Cleveland defenders, can be traced to the draft failures of the past. Ineptitude in the draft, and crucial injuries post-draft, have created a culture of failure. Instead of a unit manned by young talent, nurtured through the Denver system, the Broncos instead have holes that have to be filled by free agents or trade acquisitions plucked from other teams' rosters.

Such an approach, characteristically, is a recipe for failure and salary cap problems. The Broncos, it's fair to say, have suffered plenty of both. Someone noted on another site this week that Denver might yet hit a "home run" with its four Cleveland imports. Truth is, the Broncos wouldn't need a home run if they'd just slugged a few doubles, instead of having so many whiffs, with their defensive line selections over the past decade.

Since the arrival of coach Mike Shanahan in '95, the Broncos have selected 13 defensive linemen in 10 lotteries, and the overall results have pretty much been catastrophic. Think the Broncos have had problems choosing cornerbacks? The defensive line selections have been far worse.

Six of the 13 defensive linemen never played in a single game for the Broncos and another appeared in just nine contests. Denver invested four choices on defensive linemen in 2002 -- Nick Eason, Bryant McNeal, Aaron Hunt and Clint Mitchell -- and none has ever gotten onto the field for a game in a Broncos uniform.

04-04-2005, 02:27 PM
It's almost comical, but the Browns and Broncos are considering a Droughns-Ekuban trade. I guess Denver watched the last Cleveland game and thought their D-line was pretty good. Little do they know. :whistle:

It was part of our secret plan to destroy our competition in the NFL. Hey, other teams ... look at what great pass rushers these Browns are! Here kitties, here horsies ... just roped in the wrong pony, really.