It’s a tall task, considering the Broncos allowed 52 sacks of their three-headed quarterback attack last year. The Broncos already tried to alleviate this issue, only to have the Miami Dolphins rebuff a trade offer for Ja’Wuan James, according to KUSA-TV’s Mike Klis.
The free-agent market doesn’t look too appetizing at this point, with guys like Nate Solder and Chris Hubbard off the board. But the Broncos aren’t out of options.
The Vikings used much of their cap space on Cousins, but they still had enough left to sign one of the most talented defensive linemen in this year’s free agent crop.
The 27-year-old (28 in November) had just one sack last season, but the advanced metrics showed that he was still starting-caliber, even in a down year.
Richardson did his best work with the Jets, particularly in 2014 when he racked up eight sacks.
His production was a bit up-and-down as he was moved at times from defensive tackle to the outside and even to linebacker, but he was a consistent threat.
Richardson, presumably, was after a multi-year deal, but the one-year pact with Minnesota will give him a chance to rebuild his value and potentially cash in next March.
The Seahawks have now lost two high-profile defensive linemen in Richardson and Michael Bennett (via trade with the Eagles), but Richardson’s departure should at least net them some return in compensatory picks.
Svi Mykhailiuk added 16 points and Lagerald Vick had 13 for the Jayhawks (29-7), who converted on every crucial play down the stretch to advance to the semifinals of the Midwest Region.
They’ll take on the winner of Sunday’s game between Auburn and Clemson in Omaha, Nebraska.
Delgado finished with 24 points and 23 rebounds in a virtuoso effort for the No. 8 seed Pirates (22-11), who snapped a four-game NCAA Tournament skid in the opening round.
Khadeen Carrington finished with 28 points, many of them on 3-pointers in the closing minutes, and Myles Powell added 14 as the pair of guards tried in vain to keep Seton Hall alive.