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.
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.
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.
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.
Given that the Broncos' front five was completely dominated in SB 48, it’s no surprise that there’s talk about what to do with a pair of linemen - Zane Beadles and Chris Clark. It’s not hard to see that Denver’s line was overmatched by Seattle’s front four that ugly day.
A year after he was named a Pro Bowl alternate, Beadles was the least effective player on PFF's top line in the league, and now he's a pending unrestricted free agent. The question comes down to this: given the ups and downs in his level of play, is it worth keeping him? If not, what should Denver do to replace him? If so - what is he reasonably worth?
Whether you like Zane or not, it’s just reading his history to say that he has been extremely erratic in his NFL play.
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.
|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|
The Broncos are reportedly among the teams currently expressing interest in safety Louis Delmas, who was released by Detroit in a cap-related move last Thursday.
Selected by the Lions atop the second round of the 2009 Draft (#33 overall), Delmas was often discussed as a possible pick for Denver that year.
On Wednesday, the Broncos re-signed Gerell Robinson, who spent the 2013 season on their practice squad.
Notably, they are listing the 6-4, 220-pounder solely as a tight end; he had been listed earlier as a WR/TE.
Over the next month or so, we'll be devoting plenty of space to discussing in detail the cap realities Denver faces, and their options for dealing with them.
The 2014 League Year and free agency begin at 4pm ET on March 11, which is just five weeks from today.
Let's take a look at the team's pending free agents, and share some thoughts on what the Broncos might do.
Over the Cap estimates that with 51 players currently under contract (although several of them on cheap future contracts), Denver enters the offseason with about $12.9M to work with.