Predicting the Denver Broncos’ 5 Biggest Free Agency Moves
Predicting the Broncos' 5 Biggest Free Agency Moves
The Denver Broncos have a lot of work to do if they hope to return to the Super Bowl in 2014.
The organization made their first appearance in the Super Bowl since they went back-to-back in the 1997 and 1998 seasons. There are many questions that this team needs to address on both the offensive and defensive side. It also does not help when the team has so many players set to hit free agency March 11.
The Broncos began business this season by giving defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio a two-year deal and then added on to that by giving John Elway a three-year extension and giving him the general manager tag. And with Adam Gase returning in 2014 as well as John Fox entering his fourth season as the head coach, one thing is certain for the Broncos and that is they will have their staff back for the most part.
Now all of them as well as the Broncos front office have some tough decisions to make. Who should they keep and who should they add in the free agency market? The toughest part for this team is that they have to make some tougher decisions next year after the 2014 season as well, so in order for the Broncos to be successful in the 2015 offseason, they have to decide on a lot to make sure that they can pay the players in 2015.
Of course, like every other team, the Broncos will look to free agency to help boost their weaknesses and make a return trip to the Super Bowl. Elway has been a pro at free agency the past two years, so what does he have up his sleeve now? Guess fans will have to find out.
With that in mind, here are five predictions that I believe the Denver Broncos will make during free agency.
5. There Will Be A New Running Back in 2014
Despite Knowshon Moreno having such a great 2013 Season, I do not see him back in the orange and blue in 2014. I see Montee Ball being the starting back in Denver and the Broncos will have a running back from free agency in the committee with him.
4. Shaun Phillips Will Be Re-Signed for a Longer Deal
Shaun Phillips only had a one-year deal from the Broncos, so 2013 was his chance to prove that he can be a huge play maker for the team and he did not disappoint. He took his dress rehearsal season and put on quite a show. I look for the Broncos to sign him for a couple years.
3. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Will Receive the Franchise Tag
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was quite the impressive cornerback this season while Champ Bailey had a difficult time to start due to his injury. He has had quite a bit of plays in 2013 and it showed that when he is not playing, the secondary struggles. He clearly is a solid leader. Look for the Broncos to tag him with the franchise tag and re-evaluate in 2015 on perhaps a bigger deal.
2. The Broncos Will Add a Big Name Player to the Roster
In the last two years, the Broncos have added a blockbuster player in free agency. Peyton Manning was in 2012 and Wes Welker in 2013. I have no doubt that Elway will add one more big name to the roster. Perhaps this year it will be on the defensive side of the ball.
1. The Broncos Will Do Whatever It Takes To Bring Eric Decker Back
There is no doubt that Eric Decker deserves the money for his play, especially in this high-octane offense. While the Broncos do not see him as the No. 1 wide out, there is no excuse to let this important player in the offense slip away from them. This will highly depend on how the front office handles the contracts of other players, but if they can cut down on some costs, they should use it towards bringing the wide out back. If they are serious about winning it all, Decker is an important piece to that puzzle.