Originally written January 15, 2013 on Football Nation:
The Denver Broncos' off-season started earlier than expected in the frigid Mile High air after their heart-breaking loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.The evaluation process starts immediately as John Fox and John Elway attempt to ensure the Broncos stay on track as Super Bowl contenders.Hoping to keep that roster intact so that they can develop together with Manning at the helm is essential.Denver can improve yet again through free agency and the Draft in 2013, carefully adding pieces to an already impressive roster.The Broncos have $18.5 million of salary cap space going into this off-season, but it is important to note that it can’t be ignored that the contacts of core players Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, and Wesley Woodyard are due to expire after the 2013 season (Thomas in 2014).The Broncos will most likely be pedestrian spenders in free agency to keep money saved for extensions for Decker and Woodyard. Elway knows that money must be put aside to ...
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