The Denver Broncos are no doubt still reeling from their crushing defeat in Super Bowl XLVIII. Now on top of that, the harsh reality will start to set in that the Broncos from 2013, will be no more. Free agency is right around the corner and rosters everywhere will be altered for the new season. Will the Broncos look a lot different in 2014? Probably not, but a few significant changes could be coming to the offense.
One of the main things Denver will have to address is its running back situation. There certainly wasn’t a shortage of options in the backfield in 2013, which is leading many to believe that one RB won’t return in 2014. That back is Knowshon Moreno.
The 26-year old is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 11th and he’s expected to test the market. Moreno would be dumb not to, because he’s coming off a career season of 1,038 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. On top of that, he’s still of an age where teams won’t shy away from him. Long story short — his stock has never been higher. Therefore, I fully expect him to cash in.
Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball are the backs of the future in Denver. Both have had some struggles so far in their careers, however, both also have multiple years left on their rookie contracts.
For the Broncos to get better in other areas, money likely won’t be spent on Moreno. It’s unfortunate for Denver that he’s hitting his peak as a player right when his contract is up, but that’s how it goes sometimes. I just don’t see them being willing to pony up the money that he’ll likely command.
The Broncos have two backs ready to step up and one that’s due for a raise. Those two factors point to Moreno finding a new home in 2014.