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Broncos need their big free-agent splash in 2022 to pay off in 2023

As the Denver Broncos stir up the 2023 free agency signing period, fans will have to hope the team’s newest arrivals do better than the club’s biggest free agent addition in 2022.

Last year, the team’s biggest move in free agency was the signing of pass rusher Randy Gregory to a five-year, $70 million contract. Gregory started the previous season well, totaling seven QB hits and two sacks in four games, before injuries ruled him out for the rest of the season.

Gregory missed 11 games in 2022 with a knee injury. Broncos general manager George Patton, who signed Gregory last spring, believes the pass rusher will be healthy for this year’s off-season schedule.

“I think Randy will be ready,” Payton said at the NFL combine in February. “He had a tough season. Started – I thought he was one of the more explosive players, pass rushers, in the league. Then got [to play the] Got an injury the first three weeks and then against the Raiders and then took a while to get back.

“When he came back, he did some good things. But the fact that he doesn’t have to do rehab this offseason will really help Randy. Randy is a dynamic player, we need to keep him available. I am hopeful that he will be ready for the off-season programme.”

After losing Von Miller in 2021, Bradley Chubb in 2022 and Dremont Jones in 2023, Denver will need a pass rusher to step up this season. The Broncos will hope that Gregory can stay healthy and extend his contract.

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