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5 Free Agents The Denver Broncos Should Target This Offseason

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5 Free Agents To Target This Offseason

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The NFL season is wrapping up in just three short weeks, and March is when the sweepstakes for free agency players begins. It should be quite entertaining.

The Denver Broncos are sure to be one of many teams to test the free agency market again this year. They have had some success in the past, signing players like Shawn Phillips and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, as well as in the last two years signing blockbuster deals with Peyton Manning and Wes Welker. These huge signings over the past couple of seasons makes it challenging for the Broncos to make any moves involving big time players, but perhaps some of the free agents for the Broncos will not end up being re-signed and could free up some space.

I believe the Broncos' free agent targets will come down to how they finish in the postseason. If they succeed, there might be a piece or two that they might want to fill. If it ends prematurely, then they have to really search deep to see what final holes they need to fill. It seems like all the pieces are there, but maybe there is one place that they have not looked at that could be the deciding factor on whether this team can be a force on both sides of the football. The one side of the ball they could focus on in the offseason is the defensive side because of the ups and downs they have had.

Here are the five players that are going to be free agents that the Broncos should target when the market opens up in March.

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5. Sam Shields

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The Green Bay Packers cornerback could be a nice fit for the Broncos. With Champ Bailey's age catching up to him, Sam Shields could be a solid fill in in case Bailey decides to retire following the regular season. He is a solid corner who could benefit covering the second wideout of the opposing team.

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4. Bernard Pollard

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While Bernard Pollard has expressed that he wanted to return to the Tennessee Titans in 2014, in the case that he does not return, the Broncos should try to pick him up. A veteran at the safety position, he has been with four different teams and could be a nice addition to the Broncos, who could use someone to help the younger safeties learn from a player like Pollard.

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3. Eric Decker

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Even though Eric Decker is already a member of the Broncos, he becomes a free agent when March rolls along. He should be the team's high priority this offseason. He has plenty of upside and has improved with every season. It may be difficult for the Broncos to get a deal that will please Decker, but losing a key player from the high-powered offense would put the team at a disadvantage.

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2. Alex Mack

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The Broncos struggled this year with their starting centers. With Dan Koppen suffering a season ending ACL injury and J.D. Walton being released due to his injury issues, Alex Mack would be a solid option for the Broncos. He has played in 48 straight games and is one of the hottest players that will be a free agent this offseason. If the Broncos can pull off the signing, they could have one of the best offensive lines in the league.

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1. Jared Allen

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This one will be a stretch for the Broncos, but if they can pull it off, they could have a solid defensive line. Von Miller could miss time next season due to a late season ACL injury, so they could use a player that can get to the quarterback and create that pressure and remake the famous Orange Crush defense of past.