New Broncos General Manager George Paton didn't waste much time bolstering his defense, as the team agreed to terms with cornerback Ronald Darby. The former 2nd round pick by the Bills out of Florida State spent 2 years in Buffalo before being traded to Philadelphia. After 3 seasons in The City of Brotherly Love, Darby chose to bet on himself and signed a 1-year $3 Million "Prove-it-deal" with Washington.
It looks like that paid off as the terms of his new deal are 3-years $30 Million with roughly $19.5 guaranteed to come start in Vic Fangio's defense. Darby's talent is unquestioned, but his durability has certainly been an issue. Last year in D.C. was the first season he's every played in(and started) all 16 games.
Although Darby has been productive when on the field in Buffalo, Philly and Washington, the other criticism is his lack of interceptions. He has just 8 in his 6-year career. Perhaps playing in Fangio's defense can help him get his hands on a few more footballs and those highly coveted "takeaways" that Fangio and Defensive Coordinator Ed Donatell emphasize.
Because the deal can't become official until Wednesday at 2 PM M.T. when the new league year begins, the Broncos social media team had a little fun with their tweet announcing the Darby deal.