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.
One couldn't help but wonder whether Champ Bailey would have retired with a Broncos victory on Sunday night.
Well, he doesn't yet have the opportunity to walk away on top ala John Elway.
Of course, the next questions are whether he'll be back with the Broncos in 2014, and if so, where he'll be playing, and for how much money.
Denver announced the signing of eight more players to future contracts on Wednesday, bringing their total number to 13.
Joining the collection of Browncos will be LB Jamar Chaney, T Ramon Harewood, LB Jerrell Harris, TE Jameson Konz, S Charles Mitchell, TE Cameron Morrah, CB Jerome Murphy, and RB Jerodis Williams.
The Broncos made a handful of roster moves on Tuesday, including ending the seasons of Derek Wolfe and Chris Harris by placing them on IR.
Harris suffered a torn ACL on Sunday, while Wolfe has missed Denver's past six games after having suffered seizure-like symptoms on the team bus.
Denver's divisional round win over San Diego came with a heavy price, as corner Chris Harris suffered a torn left ACL.
Harris left in the third quarter with knee and ankle injuries, and was replaced in incompetent fashion by Quentin Jammer, who allowed three receptions in five targets for 95 yards and a touchdown, according to PFF.
An MRI on Monday morning confirmed the injury to the stalwart third-year corner.