The Denver Broncos are on a quest, make that a yearly mission for a Middle Linebacker to stabilize a void in their lineup that has been AWOL for eight years. That was when Al Wilson was forced into early retirement.
Yesterday, former Cleveland Brown D’Qwell Jackson (twitter: @DQ52) visited Dove Valley for a preliminary Free Agent chat with the Bronco brass. Jackson left impressed, but is in Miami today covering a few more bases. If fans are worried that this one got away, don’t be. While Jackson is free to sign with any team right now, the actual Free Agency period won’t begin until next week. Both the team and the player are sending out feelers and since the market hasn’t been set, there’s no impetus to strike an immediate deal.
It has been reported this morning by Adam Schefter, that the Denver Broncos have brought in former Seahawks Pro-Bowl Linebacker Lofa Tatupu in for a work out.
Former Seahawks Pro-Bowl LB Lofa Tatupu, who hasn’t played since 2010, is working out today for the Denver Broncos.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 4, 2014
The 31 year old, 3-time Pro Bowler & 1-time First-Team All-Pro out of USC hasn’t played a game since the 2010 season when he had 88 Tackles, 1 Sack, a 26-yard Pick Six and a Forced Fumble. A 2nd round by the Seahawks in the 2005 NFL Draft, Lofa averaged 92 Tackles a year for six seasons with Seattle in a career marred by injury.
In October of 2009, Tatupu tore his left pectoral muscle after a collision with teammate Deon Grant and was out for the rest of the season. At the conclusion of the 2010 season, he had surgery on both knees. After that, Seattle released him on July 31, 2011, after he and the team couldn’t agree on a restructured deal.
Tatupu signed a two-year, $5.75 Million contract with the Atlanta Falcons in March 2012, but then had another pectoral tear near the end of Training Camp and missed the 2012 season. After tests revealed it would require season-ending surgery, the Falcons released him. It is unclear whether this was the same (left) pectoral injury as the in 2009.
His last measurements were 6′-0″, 250 lbs. and Tatupu ran a 4.83 second 40-Time at his Pro Day, where he was a svelte 238 lbs. After knee surgeries and Father Time, Lofa might not even be able to run a sub 5-second 40. His assets would be in leadership and knowledge, something the Broncos need at the position, but how much does he have left in the tank?
And let’s not forget. He’s Samoan. And Samoan’s kick ass.
– Kaptain Kirk