The Denver Broncos are not going to make the playoffs this season.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news to those Broncos fans who feel differently, but it is the truth.
In fact, Denver is not all that close. Sure, they have some talent, but they have not spent money in an effort to bolster their postseason chances as of late. They are roughly $25 million under the salary cap, but if they make a few trades before the NFL Trade Deadline next Tuesday, they could make a serious push in free agency in 2012, and possibly become a playoff contender sooner rather than later.
We have already seen Derrick Mason and Aaron Curry switch uniforms, but there are generally very few deals consummated around this time. The salary cap makes it very difficult to complete trades, but the Broncos are rumored to be actively shopping wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, and could also deal a few other veterans to teams in need of depth and leadership.
Lloyd had a breakout season last year in Denver, but many ...