29-Year-Old Safety – Denver Broncos
2017 Fantasy Football Outlook
Stewart was a key piece of the Broncos' top-notch defense in 2016, racking up a career-high three interceptions and one forced fumble while making 68 tackles in 16 games. His snap count increased by n...
Darian Stewart Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $28 million extension with the Broncos in November of 2016.
Stewart (thigh) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Like many of the Broncos' defenders, Stewart saved his best play for the playoffs. The centerfielder generated a modest two turnovers in 2015, but nabbed a pick in the AFC title game and forced a fumble in Super Bowl 50. Stewart returns to the No Fly Zone in a contract year looking to impress the league's other 31 teams. He will be a free agent next offseason and Denver drafted Justin Simmons and Will Parks in 2016 to, presumably, replace him.
Stewart is expected to compete with third-round rookie Terrence Brooks for the starting job at free safety.
Stewart is expected to open training camp as the Rams' starting strong safety.
Stewart is not guaranteed a starting role, but he was productive at free safety when he did start a year ago and would deserve a major boost if he could be guaranteed 16 starts (or 12, for that matter.) He finished 2011 with 84 tackles (67 solo) in 15 games – 13 starts. He also chipped in three sacks, an interception (which he returned for a touchdown), 11 passes defended and two forced fumbles. Craig Dahl also produced in the role in 2010, so keep an eye on both and pick the starter to find a good bargain.
Could end up as the club's starting free safety but more likely to be a key special team's contributor and primary backup to last year's starter James Butler.