Kuper announces retirement

Broncos guard Chris Kuper, whose career was derailed by a gruesome leg injury suffered in the last regular season game of 2011, has decided to retire.

The 2006 fifth-rounder started 79 of the 90 games he played in over his eight seasons with the team, but only dressed for 11 games over the past two seasons.

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Broncos tender Harris, Unrein, Carter, Ihenacho, Marshall

As expected, the Broncos have tendered restricted free agents Chris Harris (second round, $2.187M) and Mitch Unrein (right of first refusal, $1.431M), and nontendered Trindon Holliday.

Additionally, the team tendered exclusive rights free agents Tony Carter ($730K), Duke Ihenacho ($570K), and Brandon Marshall ($495K).

Report: Broncos to let Holliday walk

According to PFT, the Broncos have opted not to tender return man Trindon Holliday as a restricted free agent.

Had Denver tendered Holliday at the lowest (Right of First Refusal) level, his 2014 salary would have been $1.431M, a steep increase from his 2013 salary, which was $480K.

Instead, the boom-or-bust player will be free to sign with any team, for a salary that we believe could be as low as $570K.

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Broncos officially release Bailey

The Broncos announced their release of Champ Bailey on Thursday afternoon. Said John Elway in a statement:

This was a difficult decision for our team with everything that Champ Bailey has meant to the Denver Broncos and this community over the last 10 years. Without question, he’s among the best cornerbacks to ever play the game and one of the finest players in the history of the Broncos. You couldn’t ask for more in a player than what Champ brought to this team. His combination of elite talent, class, leadership and competitiveness made him one of the all-time greats.

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Jackson chooses Colts over Broncos, others

D'Qwell Jackson has agreed to a reported four-year deal to join the Colts; according to PFT, Jackson will get $11M in guarantees (probably not all full guarantees) as part of a $22M contract.

Jackson had visited Denver, Tennessee, and Miami, and had reportedly drawn interest from Arizona and Minnesota as well.

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Broncos to cut Champ Bailey

Legendary corner Champ Bailey will be released by the Broncos after ten seasons with the team.

The three-time All-Pro and 12-time Pro Bowler was told of the decision by Johns Elway and Fox on Wednesday.

Bailey was not offered a chance to renegotiate a lower salary or position move, but acknowledges he may have to shift to safety to catch on elsewhere.

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Reports: Manning passes physical, teams asking about Osweiler

According to Mike Klis, Peyton Manning has passed his annual neck exam and has been cleared to play in 2014.

Meanwhile, Peter Burns hears that four teams have inquired about the availability of Brock Osweiler, but were turned away by the Broncos.

Obviously, neither of these news items is particularly surprising, and business at Dove Valley will continue on normally.

Manning to have annual neck exam on Monday

According to Jeff Legwold, Peyton Manning's all-important neck exam will take place sometime on Monday.

The checkup is considered a mere formality, as the 2013 NFL MVP has apparently had no issues with his four-times surgically repaired neck.

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2014 cap set at $133M; Broncos have $19.44M free

The salary cap for 2014 has been set at a whopping $133M, which is up nearly $10M from last season. Adam Schefter reports that the cap is expected to top $140M in 2015, and surpass $150M in 2016.

According to Over the Cap, Denver now has $19.44M with which to work. They can easily double that space by cutting the contracts of Champ Bailey ($10M in savings), Chris Kuper ($4.084M), Jacob Tamme ($3M), and Joel Dreessen ($2.5M), if they're so inclined.

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Eagles re-sign Maclin, to Broncos’ apparent chagrin

Pending free agent wideout Jeremy Maclin got the prove-it deal he wanted from the Eagles, as the two sides have agreed to a one-year deal.

According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos were among the teams planning to pursue the sixth-year player on the open market, as Ted had suggested they should earlier in the week.

Maclin, who will turn 26 in May, suffered a season-ending ACL injury during training camp last year. He reportedly got $3.5M in guarantees for 2014, with a maximum value of $6M.

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