Denver Broncos 2013: Free Agents signees: Move 6 – Broncos Sign MLB Stewart Bradley

The deal: 1 year, 1,1 Million.

I guess that The FO and the coaches saw something in him that they like a lot.

He started only one game in the past two years in Arizona after have been integral part  of the Eagles defense in his first three years in the league, starting 29 games for them at MLB.

He’s also a solid special team player and will compete in training camp for the MLB position.

He is an intriguing addition because he’s not a clear upgrade over incumbent MLB Iving, Johnson and, for the matter, Joe Mays.

Still I guess Joe Mays days in Denver are numbered, also because the amount of money the broncos are using for signing free agents is too high for maintaining a 4M special teamer in the roster.

Still Bradley numbers as the 17th week of the 2012 season:

7th year player, 29 years old, he was a 3rd round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2007 NFL Draft.

Here there are some interesting measures: he’s 6’4’’ and 258 lbs, quite bigger than the rest of Broncos lbs (excluding Von Miller). He has the size for cover opposing Tight Ends. It remains to be seen if he can cover, he’s career took a wrong turn at the beginning of the 2009 season, his third in the league, when on a night practice he tore an ACL.

Still he came back in 2011 season and started all 16 games.

His stats:

30 starts (1 with Arizona in the last two years) over 76 games he played in, 228 combines tackles (179 solo), 3 sacks, 14 pass deflections (all playing MLB for the Eagles), 3 interceptions and 1 forced fumbles.

It could be misleading to guessing which kind of play he would be asked in Denver, but IMO he would be asked to be a cover MLB that could hold his own against opposing TE.  He could even be a role player in Denver defensives schemes, playing defensive snaps against teams that use a big dose of big and fast TEs (New England anyone?). I kinda like this guess of mine and Bradley stats looks nice.

I like this addition because brings to the team a different asset that could be useful in some situation and as in the Knighton case, it frees the Broncos to select a player in the draft that could be tried in TE covering.

Go Broncos!!!

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