The Denver Broncos made a big statement when they decided to draft a running back with a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. By selecting Montee Ball, the Broncos’ front office made it quite clear that Knowshon Moreno wasn’t getting the job done in Denver and needed to be replaced sooner rather than later. Furthermore, the Broncos’ running game materialized into one of the best in the NFL this past season, which leaves Denver general manager John Elway in a very tough spot.
Moreno was a total stud in 2013 as he was an integral part to Peyton Manning‘s dominant offense. In fact, the Broncos’ lead rusher finished his fifth year in Denver with 13 total touchdowns and over 1,000 rush yards. Also, the running back would go on to tally 548 yards through the air. But the most important part of Moreno’s comeback 2013 campaign is the fact that the his biggest season came in a contract year.
Elway is now forced to make a huge decision that will impact the Broncos’ running back situation for years to come. Is it best for Denver to cut ties with the 26-year-old Moreno and hand the reins to Ball, or if the Broncos would be best off signing Moreno to a long-term deal and making Ball the number two? The Ball is in Elway’s court, but it’s just a matter of what direction the Broncos are heading.