Why Denver can’t afford to let Chris Harris walk via free agency

Nearly halfway though the season, Denver is playing like the champions they intend to be. It’s an amazing privilege to watch Peyton Manning rewrite the record books. The question of the week tends to be what other Broncos played like champs. There’s always a list.

We talk about the importance of the lines, the guys in the trenches, and rightfully so. Terrance Knighton in particular has been a force of nature. It’s good to see Derek Wolfe playing so well after his last season. The secondary has played well. The Broncos have even held on goal line stands.

We can marvel at the kinds of financial choices Denver will face next offseason. They have Emmanuel Sanders locked up, but the Thomases and a slew of others to sign.

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Broncos remain an emphatic #1 across the rankings board

Good Morning, Broncos fans! After they pummeled the rival Chargers in Week 8, Denver remains atop all of the rankings we've been tracking this year.

For the second straight week, the Broncos have the #1 offense and #1 defense per AFA's efficiency rankings.

Their Gross Winning Percentage (explained here last week) inched up to an otherworldly 0.70.

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Celebrating Champ Bailey’s greatness

Champ Bailey was never much for yapping about his own greatness. But showboating and self-promotion aren't prerequisites to become one of the all-time greats, which Champ surely was.

Bailey didn't have the irritating ego of peers like Brett Favre, Deion Sanders, or Terrell Owens, so he wasn't talked about quite as often.

But he'll end up in Canton just the same, and probably as soon as he's eligible.

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Broncos replace Boyett with wideout; two trades at deadline

The Broncos filled their practice squad vacancy by signing former Arena League wideout Douglas McNeil.

A spot had opened with last week's post-arrest release of John Boyett.

Tuesday's trade deadline saw no other action for Denver, who reportedly drew multiple offers for corner Tony Carter. According to Troy Renck, Baltimore was among the teams who came calling.

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Agent: Champ Bailey is retiring

The Champ has decided to hang 'em up.

Longtime former Broncos corner Champ Bailey is retiring after 15 seasons, says his agent, Jack Reale.

As Reale tells it, Bailey has drawn interest from a couple of teams, but has decided instead to move on.

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Broncos reportedly shopping for a backup tackle

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Dallas's (6-2) six-game winning streak came to a thudding halt with a 20-17 overtime loss at home to Washington (3-5).

A week after he led them to a comeback win over Tennessee, Colt McCoy won his first start in nearly three years.

The Texas native netted 302 yards of offense and rushed for one score.

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Happy Birthday, Terrell Davis & Steve Atwater!

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Open Thread: Washington @ Dallas

PFF and ESPN preview the matchup; enjoy the game!

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Tired of Peyton Manning’s abuse of Richard Marshall, Chargers cut corner

On Monday, San Diego released corner Richard Marshall, who had become a favorite target for Peyton Manning over the past two seasons.

During the Broncos' past four games against the Chargers (including the 2013 divisional round), Manning has been nearly perfect when throwing Marshall's way.

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Mail: How will the Broncos cover Rob Gronkowski?

Chris Jordan asks:

This is a great question, Chris.

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