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5 Denver Broncos Storylines To Follow Leading Up To Free Agency

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Denver Broncos Storylines To Follow

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The Denver Broncos enter free agency fresh off of a season that saw so many records on the offensive side of the ball broken. However, it did not end with the hoisting of the Lombardi Trophy as the Seattle Seahawks proved that defense does in fact win championships. The Broncos will be looking to complete that final step in 2014 and win the Super Bowl, but there is a good chance that this team will look different as well.

The team has a total of 18 unrestricted free agents hitting the market on Mar. 11. Having that many free agents ensures that not all of them will return to the team. The question is which players should the Broncos bring along for the future?

There is no doubt that the Broncos are in prime position to win now, but the window for the team is closing. How long will Peyton Manning play in the NFL? This offseason will provide the opportunity to give the Broncos some players for the long run and perhaps even open up the window a bit longer if they play the free agency period and the draft correctly.

As the class of the AFC due in part to winning the AFC Championship last season, this team will have a target on their backs. They have to stay competitive if they want to make a repeat trip to the Super Bowl. This should not be difficult, but you can never tell what a new season will bring. Just look at the Houston Texans as an example.

With that in mind, here are the five storylines for the Denver Broncos that should be followed in the next couple of days.

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5. Will the Broncos use the Franchise Tag?

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Due to the multiple free agents the Broncos have, there are many different ways to go about using the franchise tag. They have until Mar. 3 to use the tag. There is no clear-cut choice for using it, but it should be interesting on who they use it on if they plan to use it at all.

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4. Who Should The Broncos Re-sign?

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With so many questions to answer on who is staying and who is going, the Broncos have to figure out which players will help the team in the long run. Some players have earned their place on the team while others have not. Look in the next couple days for the Broncos to re-sign some players they feel will help the franchise get back to the Super Bowl.

The smart thing the Broncos are doing with this is actually not rushing to sign anyone. Weighing all the options proves that they are serious about the business aspect of players' contracts.

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3. Champ Bailey's Contract Situation

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If the Broncos want to save some money there could be a chance the team restructures Champ Bailey's contract. And there are rumors swirling that the team could move him to the safety position. With Bailey aging it would be a solid move if they decide to move him there.

There is not a lot of time left for the cornerback, and he is hoping to get another shot at winning a championship.

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2. Eric Decker Could Be Leaving Denver

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Eric Decker has been a solid player for the Broncos in the past couple seasons. With rumors swirling around that the Indianapolis Colts have shown interest in acquiring the soon-to-be free agent, one of the weapons on the team's record-setting season might be in colors other than the orange and blue, especially since the Broncos do not see him as a No. 1 receiver. The best thing for him would be to stay in Denver, but with every passing day that slowly becomes less likely to happen.

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1. Peyton Manning's Future

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On Mar. 3, Manning is set to have his neck evaluated by the doctors, which was part of the contract that he signed with the Broncos back in 2012. All signs are pointing that he will be okay to go for the 2014 season. If he is good to go, he could help draw some interest for pending free agents -- especially since this is a team that is primed to win now. Manning has made it clear that if he is cleared that he will play in 2014, which would make the Broncos strong contenders once again.