3 Denver Broncos defensive free agents who won’t be back in 2022

Denver Broncos offseason; Detroit Lions wide receiver Kalif Raymond (11) is pushed out of bounds by Denver Broncos cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) in the second quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos offseason; Detroit Lions wide receiver Kalif Raymond (11) is pushed out of bounds by Denver Broncos cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) in the second quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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Denver Broncos offseason; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) catches a fifty yard touchdown pass behind Denver Broncos cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Denver Broncos defensive FA: Kyle Fuller, CB

Another Denver Broncos defensive free agent that won’t likely be back in 2022 is cornerback Kyle Fuller.

The Broncos signed Ronald Darby and drafted Pat Surtain II last offseason in addition to signing Fuller, and Fuller wound up being benched for his play fairly early on in the 2021 season.

The Broncos signed Fuller to a one-year deal worth $9.5 million and that seemed like a crazy bargain at the time. Fuller would obviously be a great fit for Vic Fangio’s defense and adding him meant the Broncos didn’t need to draft a cornerback in round one of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Fortunately, George Paton was not thinking that way.

Paton still drafted Pat Surtain II despite adding Fuller and now losing Fuller won’t also come with a massive hole at the outside corner position.

After giving up as many big plays as he did in 2021, Fuller is likely going to have to sign a one-year prove-it deal with another team. He’ll probably go for a bargain price as well after Vic Fangio — a coach whose scheme he was supposed to be ideal for — benched him.

Fuller got some time on task in the nickel this past year for the Broncos so he has added that to his repertoire. He should be able to bounce back with another team but time is running out.