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2018 Schedule
6-10, 3rd in AFC West
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Broncos bring back DL Kerr on two-year contract

The Broncos are bringing back defensive lineman Zach Kerr on a two-year deal. Kerr has played in 27 games for Denver over the past two seasons, with 52 tackles and two sacks.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Things can certainly change — the Broncos will still take a long look at offensive linemen in next month's draft — but Friday as quarterback Joe Flacco was formally introduced, president of football operations/general manager John Elway said the Broncos' offensive line at the moment would be Garett Bolles at left tackle, Ron Leary at left guard, Connor McGovern at center, Elijah Wilkinson at right guard and newly signed Ja'Wuan James at right tackle. Elway also said Leary's recovery from last season's torn Achilles was going well — "so far so good." Leary suffered his injury in the loss to the Rams in October.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

In his formal introduction Friday as the Broncos' starting quarterback Joe Flacco called the finish to the 2018 season "miserable'' after he was benched so rookie Lamar Jackson could start at quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens. But he later also offered a quick story how he and his wife, Dana, tried to use humor along the way. “I think she had, for the whole two months I wasn't playing, she had jokes about me being the backup quarterback,'' Flacco said. “That she thought the most hilarious thing in the world. They were pretty funny, I have to admit. (But) she can shelve those for the time being.''

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Elway: Flacco a perfect fit for Broncos

Newly acquired quarterback Joe Flacco said at his introductory news conference Friday that "at some point everybody's expectations are to win games and go to the playoffs.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

In introducing quarterback Joe Flacco Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway called Flacco "a perfect fit for us" and said he believes Flacco "has a lot of good football left in him."

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

After the contracts for Joe Flacco, Ja'Wuan James and Kareem Jackson have been formally added the Broncos still have enough salary cap space to sign another free agent or two in the second wave of free agency and beyond in the coming weeks. By league rules the top 51 contracts count to stay under the cap until the start of the regular season and the Broncos have about $22 million in space after the Flacco, James and Jackson deals. But, depending on where the final numbers come down from the league, they'll need about $8.4 million worth of that space for their draft pool and would need more room if they do trade up in the first round. However, they are also carrying more "dead money'' than they have in the past at just under $22 million worth of space as four players no longer with the team are each counting at least $2.8 million in dead money -- Case Keenum ($7 million), Brandon Marshall ($4 million), Demaryius Thomas ($3.533 million) and Darian Stewart ($2.8 million).

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos negotiated with center Matt Paradis and certainly would of have been happy for him to return. But it always felt like the Broncos had a number in mind and that Paradis was going to be able do better elsewhere, which he did with Carolina. And the Broncos' big financial commitment in free agency in the offensive line had already been made to Ju'Wuan James. Paradis will be tough to replace, but the Broncos will be on the hunt for offensive line help in the draft as well as another possible signing later in free agency.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Pro Football Hall of Fame made it official Tuesday — the Broncos will play Aug. 1 against the Atlanta Falcons in the Hall of Fame game — but the Broncos have believed for several weeks they would be asked to play in the game so coach Vic Fangio had worked on a version of the team's offseason schedule to include starting training camp a week earlier and adjusting when the Broncos adjourn from their workouts in June as well.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

With Billy Turner now headed to the Green Bay Packers, the Broncos still have some work to do in the offensive line, even after adding Ja'Wuan James to be their right tackle. The Broncos had talked to Turner's representatives about staying with the Broncos, but the Packers did better on the contract. The issue remains for the Broncos they have two starters in the offensive line -- Ron Leary and Matt Paradis -- coming off injuries. The Broncos are talking to Paradis, who is an unrestricted free agent, but the team's medical staff will have plenty to say about how big the Broncos are willing to go on a contract.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway has repeatedly said free agency "is where you can fill specific needs so you can use the draft to get the best players'' and the Broncos are sticking to their script thus far. They viewed quarterback as their biggest offseason need and put the trade in place for Joe Flacco before they had done anything else. And Monday they put the framework of a three-year, $33 million deal ($23 million guaranteed) in place for cornerback Kareem Jackson. There are many in the league who believe Jackson is the top cornerback available in free agency and he certainly plays a position where the Broncos have a massive need given they have three cornerbacks who are unrestricted free agents and a fourth in Brendan Langley who has told many he will move to wide receiver. Jackson and Chris Harris Jr. give the Broncos' defense the starting point it wants in coverage as they will now look to the draft as well.

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Source: DB Kareem Jackson headed to Broncos

Former Texans defensive back Kareem Jackson intends to sign a three-year, $33 million deal with the Broncos that includes $23 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Team Stats

Passing Yards230.919th
Rushing Yards119.212th
Points For20.624th
Points Against21.813th