If at first you don’t succeed, take a run at the next best thing. That was clearly the motto for Broncos management after losing out on the Charles Woodson sweepstakes; as they wound up settling for Quentin Jammer, signing the veteran defensive back Wednesday afternoon. Details of the contract have yet to be released, but it is rumoured to be a one-year deal at the veteran minimum.
This is just the latest in a series of moves aimed at upgrading Denver’s already great pass defense. The Broncos had already added Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie through free agency and Kayvon Webster in the third-round of the draft.
The addition of Quentin Jammer adds even more depth to the already stocked group of cornerbacks Denver boasts, but he will probably see most of his playing time at safety - the position he was drafted as coming out of college. The reason for the positional switch would have just as much to do with positional need as it would the fact that at 33, Jammer is finally starting to lose a step. While Jammer was never the most fleet-of-foot, it’s not getting any better with age, with his last season being his worst to date as evidence. Of 113 cornerbacks graded on ProFootballFocus, Jammer ranked 101st in pass coverage with quarterbacks averaging a rating of 94.4 when he was targeted.
Jammer is one of three former Chargers to make the switch to their divisional rivals in Colorado this offseason. Shaun Phillips and Louis Vasquez signed with the Broncos much earlier in free agency and former Chargers running back Jacob Hester had joined them mid-way through last season. Perhaps Denver is where Chargers go to win? That or it’s just some sort of coincidence. My money’s on it being the former.
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