These are uncharted waters for even the most experienced of John Elway watchers. The Broncos are coming off a 5-11 season, the worst finish in Elway’s tenure as the chief football decision-maker, and he has vowed to do what’s necessary to fix things in Denver. Whether or not the Broncos dive into the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes, Elway is expected to get the team involved plenty in free agency.
He could even crank things up from 2014, when the Broncos signed DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib, Emmanuel Sanders and T.J. Ward in the opening days of free agency. The issue this offseason is cap space. If the Broncos want to write some checks, they’ll have to create some room to do so. Veteran players such as Talib and running back C.J. Anderson could be released along the way. But the Broncos will be looking at quarterback, the offensive line, inside linebacker and possibly cornerback, if the right player is available. — Jeff Legwold
After a rough summer in which rumors of a trade abounded, Aldridge has had a terrific season, averaging 22.4 points and 8.4 rebounds, leading a Spurs team that is 35-24 even without Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs are a young group trying to piece together a rotation around Aldridge, and he has been the glue holding it all together.
The team has hit a rough patch just ahead of the break, though, losing five out of six, two with Aldridge sitting out for a minor knee problem.
As a starter for Boston, he set career-highs in almost every major statistical category and became an ideal 3-and-D player. But Crowder also had enough rough shooting nights in the playoffs to warrant being packaged in a trade for Kyrie Irving last August.
Crawford has long dazzled fans �� and wrecked defenders’ ankles �� with moves that earned him his nickname, J-Crossover. The LA spotlight made clearer the devastation Crawford could leave behind.
Had his shooting off the bench continued in the postseason, he’d probably be compared to the likes of Vinnie Johnson as a clutch performer. Instead, his numbers dropped to disastrous lows, such as 27.6 percent shooting from 3-point range in five postseasons with LA, which often limited his impact.
Although Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick is a popular choice for the Browns, Barkley is as well. For the Browns, much of this offseason needs to be about fixing the NFL’s worst offense. The Browns actually have a pretty good offensive line, so a player like Barkley could thrive if he’s utilized.