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President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway announces Vic Fangio as the 17th head coach of the Denver Broncos Football Club in franchise history Englewood, CO. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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Broncos earned mixed reviews for free agency haul after one day

President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway announces Vic Fangio as the 17th head coach of the Denver Broncos Football Club in franchise history Englewood, CO. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Depending on how the Denver Broncos continue forward in free agency, 104.3 The Fan host Sandy Clough gives them somewhere between a C and a B-plus after Day 1 of the NFL’s legal tampering period.

Clough said without re-signing center Matt Paradis, he’d give Denver a C or a C-plus. With retaining the offensive lineman, however, Clough said it’s probably more like a “solid B, maybe even a B-plus.”

“I think it’s a nice start, not a spectacular start, for the Broncos,” Clough said, adding that while earlier in the day one may have been inclined to “mock” Denver for its lack of a splashy move but “John Elway made a nice comeback tonight.”

Indeed, Denver made two significant moves late Monday, agreed to deals with former Houston Texans defensive back Kareem Jackson and former Miami Dolphins right tackle Ja’Wuan James.

But not everyone graded general manager John Elway and the Broncos as favorably after Day 1 of legal tampering.

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell graded the James acquisition as a D, saying the move is “paying way over the odds to fix the problem, and I’m not sure it’ll solve things.”

Barnwell, however, graded the Broncos move to sign Jackson more favorably, giving it a B-minus.

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