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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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Report: Jackson to visit Broncos, others

According to Jason La Canfora, free agent linebacker D'Qwell Jackson is set to visit the Titans and Broncos in the coming days, with a meeting with the Vikings possibly to follow.

Cleveland released their longtime leader on Wednesday after eight seasons with the team, rather than pay him a $4M roster bonus due on March 15.

The 30-year-old former second-rounder was also set to make a salary of $3.93M this season.

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Elway speaks at combine, doesn’t say much

John Elway (video) held his annual Indy presser on Friday afternoon; expectedly, he wasn't long on substance (sorry, couldn't resist).

Of course, even if he'd said something meaningful, we wouldn't believe it, anyway. Remember when a certain sect segment took Elway's comments about wanting a son-in-law like Tim Tebow, to mean he wanted a starting quarterback who couldn't throw? Good times (also couldn't resist).

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Report: 2014 Salary cap to approach $130M

There's some great news out of the NFL today, as the salary cap will reportedly jump to around $130M in 2014.

Expectations had been for a cap of approximately $126M, and teams had apparently been preparing for such a number.

What could this mean for Denver? It's hard to say.

In theory, there should be an across the board increase of about 3% for all contracts, spreading the wealth around to every player who signs a new deal.

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Report: Gonzalez in at CBS; Sharpe and Marino out

According to John Ourand of SportsBusiness Daily, Shannon Sharpe and Dan Marino will no longer be part of the CBS studio crew, with Tony Gonzalez replacing one of them, and another hire expected.

We're extremely biased here, but this is incredibly disappointing news; the HOFer and Broncos ROFer had been with CBS Sports for 10 years.

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2014 Denver Broncos Free Agency Rumors

Potential Additions

Player Pos. 2014 Age Old Team Notes
Louis Delmas S 27 Detroit 2/17: Reported interest; 3/10: signed with Dolphins
D'Qwell Jackson LB 31 Cleveland 2/27: Visited Broncos (3/3), 3/6: signed with Colts
Mike Mitchell S 27 Carolina 3/8: Broncos, others interested; signed with Steelers
T.J. Ward S 28 Cleveland 3/9: Broncos expected to pursue; signed by Broncos
Jared Allen DE 32 Minnesota 3/10: Broncos favored to sign
Daryl Smith LB 32 Baltimore 3/13: Broncos interested; re-signed by Ravens
Will Montgomery C 31 Washington 3/16: Broncos will host

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