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09 Mar 2010

Broncos Add Green, Jones

A couple of good additions for the Denver Broncos, as they sign defensive end Jarvis Green and cornerback Nate Jones. Jones helps fill the nickel role since Ty Law is something like 75 years old now. More importantly, the defensive line was definitely the weakness of the Broncos defense last year and the part that faded in the second half. The Broncos are also negotiating with Jamal Williams; stealing Green from New England AND Williams from San Diego would be quite a coup, although you do wonder why the Chargers felt Williams was expendable in the first place. Too old, too injured, or too expensive?

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 09 Mar 2010

8 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2010, 4:20am by sports-veronica

Comments

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by commissionerleaf :: Tue, 03/09/2010 - 4:23pm

Denver could be a great team. I'm not sure Green is the kind of pass rushing talent Denver hopes, but Jamal Williams was dominant as recently as 2008. If he is in shape for TC, he could be a Pat Williams type FA pickup for the Broncos, both in role and in success.

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by FooBarFooFoo (not verified) :: Tue, 03/09/2010 - 4:24pm

So, if the numbers @PFT are correct, the Pats offered less money to Green that they did to TBC? Does that make sense?

Mmmh, Broncos thinking was probably "make our team better plus a competitor worse ..."

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by BigDerf :: Tue, 03/09/2010 - 4:29pm

I like the Green signing. He's a good 3-4 end.

On the subject of Jamal Williams... I'm assuming he has some kind of injury problem that we don't know about. I can't see any other reason for San Diego to get rid of him. Everyone knows he's one of the best 3 players at his position if healthy.

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by Formersd (not verified) :: Tue, 03/09/2010 - 4:40pm

I am really worried about Williams as a Charger fan. He has definitely been beat up the last few years (even in 2008), but when he was able to play, he was still a tremendous player. I was not pleased they cut him loose, most of my other friends chalk it up to his perceived inability to play through a season at this point. A semi-healthy Williams would be a quite a benefit to any team that adds him and I *shudder* to think of that being the Broncos...

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by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Wed, 03/10/2010 - 11:43am

"I like the Green signing. He's a good 3-4 end."

no, hes really not. Not at all.

He'd make a good 4-3 End, but he can't play the run or hold the edge at all. Hes a situational pass rusher, and not a great one.

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by Johnny (not verified) :: Tue, 03/09/2010 - 4:35pm

Sorry to burst your bubbles, but Green is not a good DE in a 3-4. He's was a solid backup for the Pats, but he's not a fulltime player in a 3-4. Teams would run at him, as opposed to Ty Warren, and he never generated any type of pass rush. He's solid, but he's a better fit in a 4-3.

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by JasonTaylorEatsBrady (not verified) :: Tue, 03/09/2010 - 6:07pm

Nate Jones is garbage, too. What's up with the Broncos signing ex-Dolphin secondary players? Last year they signed Renaldo Hill and Andre Goodman.