Among the NFL coaches and executives walking through the immaculate hallways of the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes hotel, the Broncos received numerous compliments for the way they rebuilt their defensive linewith Justin Bannan, Jamal Williams and Jarvis Green.
"They got a stud," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said of Bannan, who played the previous four years with the Ravens. "He's a great practice player. A great leader. He'll show their guys how to practice. He's a lot like (Brian) Dawkins. He has a different personality than Dawkins, but he's the same type of leader."
The Ravens wanted Bannan back, just as the San Diego Chargers tried to re-sign Williams. In both cases, the Broncos made stronger financial commitments.
I told you guys that you were shortselling Bannan. The guy is an elite run stopper.