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How Does Quentin Jammer Fit with the Denver Broncos?

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 25:  Quentin Jammer #23 of the San Diego Chargers reacts after breaking up a third down play during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Qualcomm Stadium on November 25, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Gary DavenportNFL AnalystMay 30, 2013

The Denver Broncos may have lost out on signing free agent defensive back Charles Woodson, but that didn't stop the Broncos from taking steps to improve their secondary by adding a veteran presence.

Gray Caldwell of the Broncos' website reports that on Wednesday the team agreed to terms with cornerback Quentin Jammer, who has spent his entire 11-year career with the San Diego Chargers.

The 33-year-old Jammer, who had 64 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble in 2012, told Caldwell that he chose Denver because of a "Great team, great coaches," and that "I'm looking forward to winning a lot of football games."

Jammer may well get his wish so far as winning games goes, but what's uncertain at this point is where he fits into a rather crowded defensive backfield in The Mile High City.

The Broncos would appear to be more-or-less set at cornerback. Veteran Champ Bailey may have been abused by Torrey Smith in the playoffs, but that doesn't completely erase a solid 14th NFL season that saw Bailey finish the year as Pro Football Focus' 10th-ranked cornerback (subscription required).

Nickel back Chris Harris graded out even higher than that, finishing fifth. Free-agent acquisition Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had a down year last season in Philadelphia, but the Broncos are hopeful that "DRC" will recapture the form that once left him regarded as one of the NFL's better cover corners.

That leaves Jammer, who would have been the low man on this totem pole. Jammer ranked 107th among eligible cornerbacks according to PFF in 2012, grading out as the 11th-worst player at his position in the league in coverage.

That may be why, according to Vic Lombardi of CBS4 in Denver, Jammer's future in Denver lies at safety.

It makes sense. In Mike Adams and Rahim Moore, the Broncos have a pair of slightly above-average safeties at best. Granted, Moore actually graded out in PFF's top 10 among safeties in 2012, but he was also a huge part of a play that will live in infamy for many years in Denver.

Much like Charles Woodson, Jammer may be a liability covering wide receivers outside, but he's a veteran who has enough sense not to let Jacoby Jones run right past him at the end of a postseason game.

According to John Breech of CBS Sports, Jammer's deal is for one year, and if there's any guaranteed money it's all but certainly minimal. Nothing is going to be handed to Jammer, and it's a very real possibility that he won't even start.

At the very least, Jammer provides Denver with more depth in the secondary. He's a durable player, having missed only a single game over the past five seasons, and the fact is that in today's pass-happy NFL, there is no such thing as too many cornerbacks.

At best, he's an upgrade at safety, provided that he can hold up against the run, something that Jammer has done fairly well throughout his career.

All in all, a fairly shrewd, low-risk move by the Broncos.

Granted, Quentin Jammer isn't Charles Woodson.

As consolation prizes go though, Denver could do worse.

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