Cap increase likely means big paydays for Decker, DRC

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The salary cap jump to $133M is, of course, a great development for teams and players alike.

This is especially so for players like Eric Decker and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who are set to hit free agency in ten days.

In a perfect world, all players would immediately reap the benefits of the increase.

From a team perspective, the change would mean the Broncos could sign two or three more significant players than they previously could have.

But things just don't work that way, and the more likely scenario is that this year's free agents will reap the greatest rewards.

Subsequent cap rises in 2015 and 2016 will likewise mean major windfalls for those offseasons' free agents.

As discussed last night, we don't think the Broncos should sink a lot of cash into re-signing Decker, given several factors.

DRC, however, is a different story, what with Champ Bailey a potential cap casualty and Chris Harris coming off ACL surgery.

Denver can more easily absorb the departure of Decker than of Rodgers-Cromartie.

He may not be a great tackler as far as corners go, but they can't all be like Bailey and Harris.

To that end, according to Ross Jones of Fox Sports, Denver's brass met with the reps for DRC at the combine.

Of course, that in no way suggests the two sides are close on numbers, or that the Broncos have any expectations of re-signing DRC.

And although we haven't seen any reports of Denver having met with Decker's agents, it would be a surprise to learn they hadn't done so.

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