Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda recaps what the Redskins' 2017 opponents have done in free agency so far. Today's look is at the Denver Broncos.
The Washington Redskins will soon know their schedule for the 2017 regular season after learning this week of their four-game preseason slate.
While the Redskins don't know when they'll be playing their 2017 matchups just yet, they do know already who they'll be facing:
2017 Home Games:** Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants.
2017 Away Games: Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants.
Looking to get back into the playoff picture after narrowly missing postseason action in 2016, the Broncos have had a relatively quiet offseason to date in terms of player movement.
Future Hall of Famer DeMarcus Ware announced his retirement on March 13, nearly three months after he played the final game of his 13-year career.
Despite being in the twilight of his career when he signed with the Broncos prior to the start of the 2014 season, the 2005 first-round pick remained productive on a talented defensive unit.
In 37 regular season games with Denver, the Troy product recorded 80 tackles with 21.5 sacks, two passes defensed and an interception.
Also departing from the defensive unit were nose tackle Sylvester Williams (Tennessee Titans), outside linebacker Dekoda Watson (49ers) and cornerback Kayvon Webster (Rams).
Williams was the most productive player among the trio that left during free agency, as the University of North Carolina product collected 29 tackles with a sack and pass defensed in 16 starts.
Watson, meanwhile, recorded 17 tackles and a sack in his lone season with Denver.
To replace Williams, the Broncos agreed to terms with free agent nose tackle Domata Peko on March 13.
Peko, 32, joins the Broncos after spending his first 11 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.
For his career, the Michigan State product has collected more than 500 tackles along with 18.5 sacks, 12 passes defensed and two fumbles forced. He's started every game dating back to the 2010 regular season opener.
Additionally, the Broncos also signed defensive end Zach Kerr and outside linebacker Kasim Edebali.
Kerr – a Virginia Beach native – spent his first three NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts while Edebali recorded 54 tackles and eight sacks.
To help shore up an offensive line that allowed 100 quarterback hits and 40 sacks during the 2016 season, the Broncos signed free agent guard Ronald Leary and tackle Menelik Watson.
In five seasons with the Cowboys, Leary appeared in 48 regular season games with 47 starts.
Watson was signed shortly following Russell Okung agree to terms with the Chargers. Okung started all 16 regular season games last season in his only year in Denver.
2017 Opponent Scouting Reports