Here comes the real offseason

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The offseason is going to start ramping up a bit this week.

Starting on Monday, teams will have two weeks - until 4pm ET on Monday, March 3, to apply their franchise tags to pending unrestricted free agents.

Denver has done so for two straight years - first with Matt Prater in 2012, and again with Ryan Clady in 2013.

There's no chance they make it a threepeat, given their pending UFAs and the likely tag values.

But if you're wondering, it would cost around $10.5M-11M to tag Eric Decker, and $11M or so for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

$11M fully guaranteed for one year of either player? Not in their wildest dreams.

On the cheaper end of the player acquisition spectrum, the national scouting combine begins on Wednesday in Indy and runs through the following Tuesday.

As of now, Denver picks 31st in each of the draft's seven rounds.

Of course, you can always get all or your Broncos offseason info on our right sidebar, under 2014 Offseason. We'll update those items throughout the next several months, as the Broncos build for 2014.


Videos: The official site continues its best of 2013 series with Peyton Manning and pregame sound bites.

Chris Harris says he's "doing great" in his rehab from ACL surgery.

Not sure why it took him two weeks to figure it out, but Woody Paige lists the reasons Denver lost in SB 48.

If Mark Kiszla had his druthers, Denver wouldn't extend John Fox's contract just yet. But then, the story of the season would be his lame duck status, and while that might take some attention off the players, it probably wouldn't be healthy for the team overall.


New Orleans re-signed K Shayne Graham at the veteran minimum of $995K.

QB Johnny Manziel will throw at A&M's his individual pro day, but not at the combine.


Current Panthers guard Andrew McDonald has been identified as Player A in the Wells Report, and he claims to have no issue with the Dolphins or embattled line coach Jim Turner.

Jarrett Bell says Jonathan Martin can have a real impact on the NFL's culture.


Russ Lande presents his offseason plan for Tennessee; Rivers McCown examines the cap situations of the AFCN teams.

Chase Stuart tears apart the awful SI column about Michael Sam's supposedly plummeting draft stock.

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