The Denver Broncos have been one of the most active teams in free agency so far, spending their money early on talent to rebuild their offensive line. On the third day of free agency, the Broncos finally turned their attention to the defensive side of the ball, beefing up their defensive front for the next two seasons.
According to Mike Klis of Denver 9News, the Broncos made new additions to their defensive line Saturday evening, signing former Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko and ex-Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Zach Kerr to two year deals.
Huge day for John Elway: Broncos have agreed to terms on 2-year deals with Bengals DT Domata Peko and Colts DT Zach Kerr. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 11, 2017
Peko’s deal is worth $7.5 million with $3.8 million in guarantees. Kerr’s contract details have yet to be released.
Denver lost a good amount of defensive line talent this offseason and signing both Peko and Kerr addresses one of the Broncos’ biggest areas of need. Both players will look to improve a Broncos run defense that allowed 130.1 rushing yards per game last season, good for 28th in the league.
Peko figures to replace Sylvester Williams at nose tackle next season. While he’s been considered a player in decline the past few years, Peko still plays well against the run and has been one of the most durable defensive linemen in the NFL, playing a full 16 game slate in 10 of his 11 seasons in the league.
Kerr played both nose tackle and defensive end in his three seasons in Indianapolis and will provide flexibility along Broncos’ defensive front. With only eight career starts under his belt, Kerr profiles more as a rotational piece and will most likely split time at left defensive end with Jared Crick and spell Peko at the nose whenever he needs rest.
They may not be the splashy big name free agent signings that Broncos fans were hoping for, but Kerr and Peko are what the Broncos needed to right the ship on defense. With the defensive line shored up, the Broncos defense is one step closer to being the dominant stop unit it once was.
Mike Esposito is the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos Staff Writer at Endzonescore.com. Follow him on Twitter @espo6891