Report: Veteran Starting CB Rejected Offer to Join Broncos

He still landed in the AFC West.
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Unbeknownst to the masses, there was something of a bidding war for then-free-agent cornerback Kristian Fulton, who inked a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers last Friday.

ESPN's Turron Davenport reported the former Tennessee Titans starter rejected offers from three other teams — including the Denver Broncos — before ultimately settling on Jim Harbaugh's Bolts.

Fulton, 25, is entering his fifth NFL campaign after being selected with the 61st overall pick of the 2020 draft. He appeared in 42 games for the Titans, tallying 25 pass deflections and four interceptions across 2,237 defensive snaps. Fulton graded out last season as Pro Football Focus' No. 118 CB among 127 qualifiers.

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It's not surprising that Fulton opted to join a contender rather than wallow through a developmental year with a rebuilding franchise. It is, however, telling that Denver would be in the mix for his services considering the club has been so choosy, largely by circumstance, in free agency.

The Broncos' cornerback room is anchored by Pro Bowler Patrick Surtain II and rising slot man Ja'Quan McMillian, but there's a glaring need for a boundary defender with 2023 starter Fabian Moreau gone and a host of shaky if unreliable talent (Damarri Mathis, Riley Moss, Tremon Smith, Art Green, Reese Taylor) comprising the remainder of the depth chart.

They didn't land that boundary defender in Fulton. Perhaps they'll try again with another available veteran, or, more likely, set their sights on addressing the position via next month's draft.


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Zack Kelberman

ZACK KELBERMAN

Zack Kelberman is the Senior Editor for Mile High Huddle. He has covered the NFL for more than a decade and the Denver Broncos since 2016. He's also the co-host of the wildly popular Broncos show the Mile High Huddle Podcast.