Why the Denver Broncos Should Sign Michael Johnson This Offseason

December 21, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In March of 2013, Batman lost his Robin.

When Elvis Dumervil left pass-rush partner Von Miller and the Denver Broncos for the Baltimore Ravens, it dented the Broncos pass rush severely. The Broncos defense has held up thanks to Miller, but the pass rush isn't the same as the one that led the NFL's second-best defense last year. Consequently, the Broncos could greatly benefit from the addition of another solid pass-rusher.
Michael Johnson, currently of the Cincinnati Bengals, could be that rusher.

The soon-to-be free agent has underwhelmed in terms of sacks, as he has just three this season. However, he has been great in other facets of defensive end play. According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Johnson has been the third-most productive 4-3 defensive end this year.

In terms of getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, Johnson still has been decent as a pass-rusher—his 35 quarterback hurries lead pass-rushers as dominant as Cameron W...

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