While the Broncos are among eight teams whose seasons are still ongoing, the other 24 franchises are busy figuring out their front office and roster situations. Even as the team preps for Saturday's showdown with the Ravens, we figure it's never a bad time to look at the cap and salary circumstances for next year.
According to John Clayton, Denver is carrying over $11.5M in cap space over from the 2012 season, which in concert with their $7M in 2013 headway will give the team $18.5M in space. The Broncos could easily create more wiggle room by negotiating new deals with or releasing any of D.J. Williams ($6M salary), Joe Mays ($4M), Matt Prater ($2.5M), and Caleb Hanie ($1.25M).
Players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents are Ryan Clady, Brandon Stokley, Kevin Vickerson, Justin Bannan, Jim Leonhard, Keith Brooking, David Bruton, Dan Koppen, Jason Hunter, Tracy Porter, Ty Warren, and Matthew Willis.
Clady will command at absolute minimum a $10M salary next season, while Carter has likely earned himself a hefty raise from his current $615K figure. Everyone else on that unrestricted list would figure to be paid a salary at or around $1M on a one-year deal.
Denver's restricted free agents will be Tony Carter, Britton Colquitt, Mitch Unrein, Chris Clark, Lance Ball, and Chris Gronkowski.
Eric Decker, J.D. Walton, and Zane Beadles will be entering the final year of their rookie contracts, with Decker potentially a candidate for an early extension this offseason.
Obviously, we hope the Broncos have another three games to play before these issues become more pressing.
Once Denver's playoff run ends, we'll revisit these names and numbers many times, but for now, we figure this will help you get acquainted with what faces Denver in the coming offseason.
Correction: Tony Carter was originally listed as a pending unrestricted free agent, but he is instead an Exclusive Rights Free Agent