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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Larry Holder's twitter: #Broncos FA DT Brodrick Bunkley is scheduled to visit #Saints Sunday, according to source. N.O. has a hole at DT w:Franklin, Rogers as UFAs. linkage: https://twitter.com/#!/LHolderCBS...

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Old 03-17-2012, 08:44 AM   #1
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FA DT Brodrick Bunkley Visiting

Larry Holder's twitter:

#Broncos FA DT Brodrick Bunkley is scheduled to visit #Saints Sunday, according to source. N.O. has a hole at DT w:Franklin, Rogers as UFAs.

linkage: https://twitter.com/#!/LHolderCBS
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At least one AFC personnel director believes Brodrick Bunkley is the best 4-3 nose tackle available in free agency.

The 4-3 nose position is different from the 3-4 nose. 4-3 NTs are ordinarily lighter and expected to rush the passer more. "He's got some talent," the AFC exec said of Bunkley. "He can get up the field and be that penetrator." Other potential 4-3 nose tackles on the market include Pat Sims (Bengals), Luis Castillo (Chargers), Trevor Laws (Eagles), and Cory Redding (Ravens).

Source: 1500 ESPN Twin Cities
http://www.rotoworld.com/recent/nfl/...odrick-bunkley


After he was traded to the Broncos last August for an undisclosed draft pick in the 2013 draft - he played the year with a $1.285M base salary without any additional bonuses.

His original contract with the Eagles was for 6yr/$13M with an average annual salary of $2.17M/yr.


[He] bench pressed 225 pounds 44 times at the 2006 NFL Combine in one of the top performances in the history of the event.

Broncos defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley is making his presence felt

In the end, Brian Dawkins saw it coming. The 15-year veteran had gazed into the Broncos' future and predicted how it would all look.

Now, 10 games into the season, defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley is exactly what Dawkins said he would be: a powerful presence in the middle of the defense and "just a great, great dude to be around."

The Broncos' defense continues to steadily climb out of the statistical abyss that was 2010, when Denver finished at, or near, the bottom of the NFL rankings in virtually every defensive category. During the makeover, the Broncos re-signed Champ Bailey, drafted linebacker Von Miller, got Elvis Dumervil back from injured reserve and, just as training camp opened, traded for Bunkley.

"We haven't had a guy like that, not since I've been here," Dumervil said. "He's been like a monster in there. You see a big guy dominating in there, dominating the centers, you see the job he did dominating an all-pro center like (the New York Jets' Nick) Mangold last week. That's a difference-maker."

"Everyone has their personal goals, their personal wants," Bunkley said. "My main focus is to do whatever I can so I won't be a liability on the team, won't be a weakness, to do my job, do it right."

Bunkley is athletically gifted enough to have been the 14th pick of the 2006 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, just three spots after the Broncos selected quarterback Jay Cutler. But after a rough start to his rookie season, in which he was Dawkins' teammate, Bunkley never rose to the expectations that came with being a first-round pick.

Philadelphia traded him to Cleveland in August for a fifth-round pick, but the Browns quickly nixed the trade after a medical examination. (Bunkley suffered nerve and ligament damage to his left elbow a season ago, but he maintains the injury didn't require surgery and would not have been an issue had he played with the Browns.)

The Broncos stepped in and traded a conditional draft pick to the Eagles for Bunkley, who was inserted into the starting defensive line almost as soon as he got here. He hasn't missed a practice this season.

"He's the guy we've been looking for," Dumervil said. "You can have the pass rushers and the guys at corner, making interceptions, but if you're going to be a good defense, you have to have that guy in the middle. He's our guy in the middle."

At first glance, Bunkley's statistics — 23 tackles and no sacks — look modest. But with players such as Miller and Dumervil attacking the edges, Bunkley anchors the interior.

Bunkley said he's been able to add "a little bit of weight working out here" since his post-lockout arrival. Having that extra bulk helps him hold his own.

"Maybe not the same quickness as high school, man," Bunkley said with a laugh. "You want to get yourself to a weight you can manage, you don't want to be too big and lose your quickness and you don't want to be too small and lose your power. There's a fine line between them."

Dawkins, having watched the Broncos limp through last year's 4-12 season, said Bunkley brought a refreshing attitude to Dove Valley, as well as a big body desperately needed.

"Wanting to be part of a solution because it's important to him," is how Dawkins described Bunkley's outlook.

That was evident in the Broncos' 1-4 start when Bunkley, often still wearing his grass-stained uniform, would be in front of his locker long after most of his teammates had gone after a game.

"Really, it's a chance to reflect, just check out what I've done, things I can do better at," Bunkley said. "I don't hold up the bus or anything. But a lot of time my emotions are running each and every way. If you lose, you're angry. If you win you're super excited — last week I was super excited — but I want to hold it down, my area, that's my objective.

"I don't want to disappoint anybody, I never have."

Jeff Legwold: 303-954-2359 or jlegwold@denverpost.com
http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_19415002


From what I've read, he seems to be one of the only FAs the Broncos' fans desperately want to see being re-signed.

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Saints hosting Bunkley, and other free agent defensive tackle notes | ProFootballTalk

Larry Holder of CBS Sports reports that the Saints will host defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley for a free agent visit on Sunday.

It’s Bunkley’s first known visit since the signing period began last Tuesday.

Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune took the time to examine where other outlets had Bunkley rated in the 2012 free agency class. SI’s Peter King had him as the No. 10 overall free agent. CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco rated Bunkley 24th. We had him 53rd.

Bunkley is a 4-3 nose tackle, essentially an undersized run stopper. He hasn’t sacked a quarterback since the 2009 season.

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Old 03-17-2012, 10:33 AM   #4
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I know nothing of this Bunkley guy...
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Saints hosting Bunkley, and other free agent defensive tackle notes | ProFootballTalk

Larry Holder of CBS Sports reports that the Saints will host defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley for a free agent visit on Sunday.

Itís Bunkleyís first known visit since the signing period began last Tuesday.

Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune took the time to examine where other outlets had Bunkley rated in the 2012 free agency class. SIís Peter King had him as the No. 10 overall free agent. CBS Sportsí Pete Prisco rated Bunkley 24th. We had him 53rd.

Bunkley is a 4-3 nose tackle, essentially an undersized run stopper. He hasnít sacked a quarterback since the 2009 season.
Buy low....very low hopefully. One-year Aubrayo Franklin type of deal.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:02 AM   #6
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He has some very strong arms and an upper body, which causes problems for guards and centers 'cos he has the strength to swat their hands away and penetrate to the backfield.

I would not put too much emphasis on the lack of sacks, because he has been playing with some really good pass rushers with the Eagles and the Broncos, so the sacks may have been counted to some other guys' stats, but he certainly has helped in that overall productivity.

Honestly, I'd rather see him signed than Franklin, because Bunkley suits a 4-3 defense better than Franklin who is a natural 3-4 NT, and Bunkley is much more mobile and agile.

The fact that he was brought into the league under Jimmy Johnson's tutelage makes me thing that Spags likes his fundamentals, he himself being a product of Jimmy Johnson's coaching system.
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wonder how expensive he will be?
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wonder how expensive he will be?

Like I posted on an earlier post:

After he was traded to the Broncos last August for an undisclosed draft pick in the 2013 draft - he played the year with a $1.285M base salary without any additional bonuses.

His original contract with the Eagles was for 6yr/$13M with an average annual salary of $2.17M/yr.

I can't see him getting much more than ~$3M/yr in the current market, maybe he'd even sign cheaper than that.
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Not too sure about this guy, my initial gut reaction is pass.
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Don't know how to feel either... he's been quite the underachiever throughout his career. He should have been a dominating DT.
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