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Old 10-06-2013, 11:34 PM   #1
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The time is never too soon to start thinking about the future, and while the Broncos have one of the best rosters in the NFL, the team could look a heck of a lot different when the 2014 season kicks off.

The Broncos have a total of 22 free agents in 2014. UFA stands for Unrestricted Free Agent, which means that player will immediately hit the open market. RFA stands for Restricted free agent, which means the player is on the open market, but the Broncos have the opportunity to match any offer that player receives or they are entitled to draft pick compensation. ERFA stands for Exclusive Rights Free Agent, which almost always means that player isn’t going anywhere if the team doesn’t want him to.

There are some BIG names on this list. Namely, Eric Decker, Chris Harris, Wesley Woodyard, Zane Beadles, Robert Ayers, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Trindon Holliday…the Broncos will find a way to make it all work out but there is a strong chance they will have to make some moves this offseason that the fans won’t be fans of.

Mike Adams, Safety (UFA)
Robert Ayers, Defensive End (UFA)
Zane Beadles, Offensive Guard (UFA)
Justin Boren, Offensive Lineman (ERFA)
Stewart Bradley, Linebacker (UFA)
Andre Caldwell, Wide Receiver (UFA)
Tony Carter, Cornerback (RFA)
Eric Decker, Wide Receiver (UFA)
Chris Harris, Cornerback (RFA)
Trindon Holliday, Return Specialist (ERFA)
Duke Ihenacho, Safety (ERFA)
Quintin Jammer, Cornerback (UFA)
Winston Justice, Offensive Tackle (UFA)
Dan Koppen, Center (UFA)
Chris Kuper, Guard (UFA)
Paris Lenon, Linebacker (UFA)
Greg Orton, Wide Receiver (ERFA)
Shaun Phillips, Defensive End (UFA)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Cornerback (UFA)
Mitch Unrein, Defensive Tackle (RFA)
Steve Vallos, Center (UFA)
Wesley Woodyard, Linebacker (UFA)

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Wesley Woodyard, Linebacker (UFA)
Chris Harris, Cornerback (RFA)
Trindon Holliday, Return Specialist (ERFA)
Duke Ihenacho, Safety (ERFA)
Zane Beadles, Offensive Guard (UFA)

These are the MUST re-signings.
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Woodyard is one of the defensive leaders of the team. Out of all of our free agents, it might be most important to keep him. Ihenacho is our best safety, and should be our next biggest priority. Holliday's probably the best returner in the NFL so if the price isn't too high, hope we can keep him.

I'd also like to keep Decker, DRC and Ayers... but dunno what the price will rise to. Imagine someone overpays on Decker
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Id like to see ayers brought back aswell. A two year deal similar to what woodyard just sign last year would be fine. Him paired with quentarus are young and dynamic at de. I still wouldnt be opposed to drafting a de early or even round one.

Its time to move on from champ. Re sign drc and harris for the long haul. Kayvon looks like a keeper and we got tony carter with his role carved out. Next year our dbacks will be so young and talented its awsome ! Bring back duke and watch these guys grow together.

We have some gens on this defense were gonna b good and opportunistic for a long time.
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Ayers will resign for pretty cheap. I think it's highly possible we part ways with Champ and his $14mil salary... and roll with DRC and a much reduced price - along with resigning a lot of others on the list.

I hope we win it all this year, so Champ can go out in a blaze of glory (pun intended).
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Order of precedence:

Mike Adams, Safety (UFA)
Robert Ayers, Defensive End (UFA)
Zane Beadles, Offensive Guard (UFA)
Justin Boren, Offensive Lineman (ERFA)
Stewart Bradley, Linebacker (UFA)
Andre Caldwell, Wide Receiver (UFA)
Tony Carter, Cornerback (RFA)
Eric Decker, Wide Receiver (UFA)
Chris Harris, Cornerback (RFA)
Trindon Holliday, Return Specialist (ERFA)
Duke Ihenacho, Safety (ERFA)
Quintin Jammer, Cornerback (UFA)
Winston Justice, Offensive Tackle (UFA)
Dan Koppen, Center (UFA)
Chris Kuper, Guard (UFA)
Paris Lenon, Linebacker (UFA)
Greg Orton, Wide Receiver (ERFA)
Shaun Phillips, Defensive End (UFA)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Cornerback (UFA)
Mitch Unrein, Defensive Tackle (RFA)
Steve Vallos, Center (UFA)
Wesley Woodyard, Linebacker (UFA)
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I do wonder what we do with our tackle situation next year. Chris Clark has shown that he's a NFL caliber starting LT. Obviously, Clady already has shown he is one of the best LT in the NFL. Franklin does a very capable job at RT. Guess that's a good problem to have
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I do wonder what we do with our tackle situation next year. Chris Clark has shown that he's a NFL caliber starting LT. Obviously, Clady already has shown he is one of the best LT in the NFL. Franklin does a very capable job at RT. Guess that's a good problem to have
Yes Denver does have maybe the three best tackles on a team.
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Ayers will resign for pretty cheap. I think it's highly possible we part ways with Champ and his $14mil salary... and roll with DRC and a much reduced price - along with resigning a lot of others on the list.

I hope we win it all this year, so Champ can go out in a blaze of glory (pun intended).
Ayers has 4.5 sacks through 5 games which means he's on pace for 14.5 this year. If he keeps up the pace (which he won't when Von comes back) he's not coming back here because another team is going to pay him far more than we will. I think all he needs is 9-10 to get out of our pay range.
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I hope the team exercises knowhons club option. Hes playing great really coming into his ownhe had 150 ~ all purpose yards and a td today. Great game
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The only guy I wonder what it would cost to bring him back would be Holliday. Obviously he's a one trick pony and rarely touches the ball, but he's so deadly in that role.
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IMO it goes

Woodyard

Chris Harris

Decker

DRC

Ayers

Beadles

Tony Carter

I didn't include ERFA simply because I think the team will not let go of Nacho and Holliday Road
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Do you know what the salary is next year if they exercised the option?
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Ayers has 4.5 sacks through 5 games which means he's on pace for 14.5 this year. If he keeps up the pace (which he won't when Von comes back) he's not coming back here because another team is going to pay him far more than we will. I think all he needs is 9-10 to get out of our pay range.
You're probably right, but I'm not so sure. Ayers is finally getting some good coaching and sticking to a position more natural to his skillset. I think he's capable of being a pretty complete defensive end, albeit one whose strength is geared toward the run game.

With the emphasis put on the line over these past years it wouldn't surprise me to see Denver pay him like a starting DE. Dumervil's situation is not relevant, as his weakness against the run combined with his ridiculous salary to show him the door. Ayers is a more balanced combination of talents and won't cost anything near what Doom was making.
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Do you know what the salary is next year if they exercised the option?
1.31 million
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Ayers will resign for pretty cheap. I think it's highly possible we part ways with Champ and his $14mil salary... and roll with DRC and a much reduced price - along with resigning a lot of others on the list.

I hope we win it all this year, so Champ can go out in a blaze of glory (pun intended).
Ayers is on track for 14 sacks if he gets anywhere near that im not to sure
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Ayers will resign for pretty cheap. I think it's highly possible we part ways with Champ and his $14mil salary... and roll with DRC and a much reduced price - along with resigning a lot of others on the list.

I hope we win it all this year, so Champ can go out in a blaze of glory (pun intended).
Exactly. I hope Champ gets his ring this year and can go out in style. We've been saying we could move him to Safety but with Nacho stepping up and Moore playing well, I think it would probably be better if we didn't resign Champ so that we could use that money to resign all these other dudes we need to. Now if Champ wanted to come back for 1 year deal, say $4M to try and win another ring, I could live with that. But it all depends on how he looks when he returns this year.

I think we want to resign (Harris, DRC, Woodyard, Nacho, Holliday, Beadles)

Those are the guys we have to resign. Ayers and Carter could be replaced. I think Jackson is ready to step up another level. He could take over that spot for Ayers and I'd also like to see how that DE we drafted last year looks in camp next year. Carter, I like certain things about his game. I like him to cover the smaller shifty WR's but he's a big time mismatch against the bigger guys these days like (Johnson, Bryant, Fitz, Jones, Green, etc.).

I would like to see how far along Kuper is too. If he's healthy, maybe sign him to a smaller contract for depth.
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I do wonder what we do with our tackle situation next year. Chris Clark has shown that he's a NFL caliber starting LT. Obviously, Clady already has shown he is one of the best LT in the NFL. Franklin does a very capable job at RT. Guess that's a good problem to have
We need to see him with someone other than manning. 1.5seconds average time he held the ball ... i think right there is a major reason to the low sack #'s. Im not saying hes crap. But i reserve the right to withhold judgement so far.
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I hope the team exercises knowhons club option. Hes playing great really coming into his ownhe had 150 ~ all purpose yards and a td today. Great game
Not sure what a club option is but he was a big time stud today. That run he had where the guy faced masked him then was holding his arm, and he broke that tackle and still plowed through 2 other dudes for that 1st down. He's catching anything thrown to him, blocking great and running really good right now. If he keeps playing this way, it's going to make alot of people think that he was worth the pick. When he got benched early last year, something must have just clicked in this guy. He's completely a different looking player now, in terms of effort and execution.
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Robert Ayers, Defensive End (UFA)
Zane Beadles, Offensive Guard (UFA)
Eric Decker, Wide Receiver (UFA)
Chris Harris, Cornerback (RFA)
Chris Kuper, Guard (UFA)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Cornerback (UFA)
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These are the only guys worth bringing back. We'll have around $10million extra without the rest of the UFAs.
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Shaun Phillips is on pace for 17 sacks...I wouldn't mind him on a low 1-2 year contract...who knows he could use this season to leverage some other team for a huge contract.

Duke Ihenacho is a must resign at a low rate unless we plan on drafting another safety in his spot.

If I had to pick one player to resign, it'd definitely have to be Chris Harris.

I believe Eric Decker will resign but it's tough considering they have DT up next year with Wes Welker.
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Exactly. I hope Champ gets his ring this year and can go out in style. We've been saying we could move him to Safety but with Nacho stepping up and Moore playing well, I think it would probably be better if we didn't resign Champ so that we could use that money to resign all these other dudes we need to. Now if Champ wanted to come back for 1 year deal, say $4M to try and win another ring, I could live with that. But it all depends on how he looks when he returns this year.

I think we want to resign (Harris, DRC, Woodyard, Nacho, Holliday, Beadles)

Those are the guys we have to resign. Ayers and Carter could be replaced. I think Jackson is ready to step up another level. He could take over that spot for Ayers and I'd also like to see how that DE we drafted last year looks in camp next year. Carter, I like certain things about his game. I like him to cover the smaller shifty WR's but he's a big time mismatch against the bigger guys these days like (Johnson, Bryant, Fitz, Jones, Green, etc.).

I would like to see how far along Kuper is too. If he's healthy, maybe sign him to a smaller contract for depth.
Did you see the secondary today? Champ is the best CB on the team and still one of the best in the NFL. You gonna cut Champ so you can re-sign DRC? Really?
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This list is missing Moreno because he has a team option and therefore won't be a UFA until that option is declined, but my take on what to do with it would be as follows:

1. Carter, Harris, Ihenacho, and Holliday all get team friendly multi-year offers. If any decline they can be retained on their RFA/ERFA tag.

2. Unrein, Boren, and Orton are kept on lowest dollar one year tags as camp bodies, need to earn roster spots oncea gain.

3. Woodyard, Ayers, Moreno, Beadles, Decker, Kuper, DRC. That's the order I'd want to retain the veterans.

Woodyard needs to be locked up, he's a big part of the defense.

Ayers looks poised to come into his own now that he's given the starting spot and could be an excellent compliment opposite Von, should be retained if at all financially possible.

Moreno is looking like a real play maker in this offense thanks to his versatility, while both Hillman and Ball are more one dimensional backs. I'm not sure if I'd pick up his option (it's only $1.3M in base salary but requires a $5M option bonus), but I'd definitely look to retain him.

Beadles is solid, young, and healthy so he adds nice consistency to the line. If he doesn't break the bank he should be retained.

Decker is a luxury resign. DT is the big guy they've got to extend before he hits the market in 2015 and Welker is already a well paid WR. Welker's deal was only for three years so they might be able to get Decker to take less up front and have his salary expand when Welker's money is freed up. If the money can work out then go for it, but I'm suspect.

Kuper seems like a worthwhile value re-sign as depth where he can continue to develop as a center and potentially challenge for a job next camp. I don't see him being offered a starting guarantee due to his health issues, so if he'd take a modest seven figure sum to be the swing OG/OC with a chance to compete I'd be all for retaining him.

DRC is a luxury for a team with Harris, Webster, Bolden, and Carter already under control and Champ as the established vet. If he'll take a reasonable number to stick around that'd be great but I'm betting he'll want more money than the Broncos should spend on a guy who might end up the #4 corner (if Harris and Webster leapfrog him, which seems a distinct possibility).
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