Since the lockout was officially lifted on Tuesday, NFL teams have only been permitted to sign rookies. Starting tonight at 6pm (ET), teams can begin signing free agents.
The Broncos only have five restricted free agents (the fewest among any team in the NFL), and may only try to re-sign two of them.Arnie Stapleton of the Associated Press.
Another heavily desired free agent among Bronco fans was running back DeAngelo Williams, who re-signed with Carolina earlier this week. Mile High Faithful will be discouraged if the team does not land Mebane after already losing in the Williams sweepstakes. Adding insult to injury, quarterback Kyle Orton, the man Broncomaniacs tried to run out of town, may be returning.
Broncos fans need to remember though that Denver is going through a rebuilding process and it will take more than one offseason to get where the Broncos would like to be. There is no quick fix, the team probably won't sign a big name defensive tackle this year and quarterback Tim Tebow may not start and lead the team to the Super Bowl.
Rather, the team will add depth to the defensive line through free agency. Denver may also decide to retain Orton and give Tebow a little more time to learn under the veteran. It's about winning games and if the Broncos brass thinks Orton gives the team the best chance to win, he'll start.
Stay tuned, there's still a possibility of Orton being traded and Denver will be signing several free agents this evening. For up-to-the-minute updates, 'Like' Broncos Zone on Facebook!