Inside The Denver Broncos’ Roster: The Free Safeties


Published: July 19, 2009

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... Football League, possibly in team history.

For a franchise that has been graced with the likes of Steve Atwater, Dennis Smith, and John Lynch, last season's group that included Marlon McCree, Marquand Manuel, and Calvin Lowery was among the most embarrassing Mike Shanahan could have possibly assembled.

To rectify this problem, head coach Josh McDaniels brought in four new safeties to compete for roster spots with the Broncos, and to help create turnovers for a secondary that has been likened to Swiss cheese in recent years.

I will admit, the safety positions are some I had difficulty assessing.  What constitutes a "free" safety? 

Any casual NFL fan knows that the free safety can be favorably compared to a center fielder in baseball.

Still, I was unsure of which safeties on the roster should be considered the free safeties, so I consulted the ever reliable website Wikipedia for a definition, and here is what I came up with:

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