Denver Broncos Free Agency Preview: Von Miller, Malik Jackson, Brock Osweiler, Danny Trevathan, Ronnie Hillman Top Priorities

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Feb 11, 2016 03:37 PM EST
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Denver Broncos quarterbacks Brock Osweiler and Peyton Manning discuss a play before a 2015 game."

Denver Broncos Salary Cap: $12,906,411

Free Agents: 26

The Denver Broncos will be a completely different team by the end of the offseason. There is slated to be a ton of roster turnover despite winning the Super Bowl for the 2015 season. The Broncos will likely have a ton of choices to make as to where this franchise is headed and it all begins in the offseason.

Von Miller (OLB/Age: 27): Miller was the Super Bowl MVP and for good reason, his sacks and forced fumbles helped the Broncos declaw the Panthers in what was a very defensively focused game. Miller is expected to have a $100 million plus contract so the Broncos should spend some time attempting to put a long term deal together. Miller's contract is too big and convoluted to get done in one offseason, he will receive the franchise tag and the Broncos should reach a long term deal with him during the course of the season.

Evan Mathis (G/ Age: 34): Mathis is a great guard and the last thing the Broncos want to do is hand over the keys to the kingdom without any guards protecting the castle. If indeed Osweiler is going to be the next franchise quarterback for the Denver Broncos he will need all of the offensive line help he can handle. Mathis should be back on a reduced contract.

Antonio Smith (DE/Age: 33): Derek Wolfe has proven to be more effective than Smith in the long run. With Smith's age and legal troubles in Texas it is hard to say whether or not he will return to the Broncos. Most likely he will be allowed to test free agency.

Malik Jackson (DE/Age: 26): Jackson wants to stay in Denver and the young pass rusher is not opposed to playing under the franchise tag. The only problem with this is that the Broncos will tag Von Miller leaving Jackson out in the cold. If the Broncos cannot work out a fair deal with Jackson he will hit free agency and immediately become one of the highest paid defenders in this free agent class.

Danny Trevathan (ILB/Age: 25): The Broncos have made resigning Danny Trevathan a priority however he is still below Osweiler and Miller on the Broncos list of people to resign. Trevathan has expressed that he could end up with the Bears thanks to former head coach John Fox, one of the coaches responsible for giving Trevathan his first real opportunity to shine. The Bears would have to pay more than the Broncos to get Trevathan.

Brock Osweiler (QB/Age: 25): Osweiler has been the heir apparent to Peyton Manning for quite some time. Now it appears the reigns will be given over to him. Now the Broncos will attempt to resign Osweiler for the near future, only problem with that is if he hits free agency the Broncos could be priced out of the bidding war. Sure Osweiler has not proven much but a lot of teams need a fundamentally sound quarterback and are willing to pay good money for one. The Broncos would be smart to resign Osweiler before this happens.

Ronnie Hillman (RB/Age: 24): Hillman is still in a very good place for an NFL running back, at 24 he is still in his prime and will continue to be a part of the Broncos 1-2 running attack with Gary Kubiak leading the team. Hillman should be resigned for the next few seasons. One thing that could hinder Hillman's quest to stay in Denver is his game tape. He gets constantly stuffed at the line of scrimmage and is a terrible pass blocker. The Broncos could upgrade in the draft but they will have more pressing matters

C.J. Anderson (RB/Age: 25): Anderson will also be a restricted free agent and should cost a pretty penny if any team is hoping to pry him away from the Broncos. Look for Anderson to stay with Denver.

Brandon Marshall (ILB/Age: 26): Marshall is a restricted free agent so he should be back on a 1 year deal before the Broncos look long term. The Broncos will likely place a first round tender on Marshall which will deter teams from trying to sign him.

 

 

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