OTC: Broncos enter offseason with $16.4M in cap space

Accounting for the salary cap increase to around $130M, Over the Cap has the Broncos entering the 2014 offseason with a touch more than $16.4M in cap space.

Once the team restructures or cuts the contracts of Champ Bailey, Chris Kuper, Jacob Tamme, and Joel Dreessen, they could easily add another $14M or so in room, giving the Broncos around $30M with which to work with.

Of course, that doesn't mean they can go on a free-agent binge, what with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eric Decker, Shaun Phillips, and Wesley Woodyard among their pending UFAs, and new contracts coming due for the Demaryius and Julius Thomas, Von Miller, Terrance Knighton, and Chris Harris in a year.

Not that they were going to tag either DRC or Decker, but the cap increase means the franchise tender for either player would approach $12M for one year (!).

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John Fox (video) spoke at the combine on Thursday; he talked up both Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman, and dismissed the silly talk of Denver cutting Wes Welker.

Not sure if Fox meant to take a shot at Miami's Joe Philbin when he said the head coach is responsible for ensuring his players don't treat each other like shit, but we'd like to think he did.

But he had to be kidding when he suggested that having the SB 48 second half kickoff bounce to Percy Harvin wasn't a 10% likelihood, right? Then again, we've been known to disapprove of Foxy's handle on probabilities.

The Broncos are increasing prices for 56% of the seats at SAF@MH, with the head of the business department hilariously stating, "there is a perception that tickets to sporting events are expensive." Sorry, Mac Freeman, but the only people who don't find sports tickets expensive are the people for whom nothing is expensive.

Congratulations to Luke Richesson, who was named the league's 2013 Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year.

Jeff Legwold says the Broncos have more cap room than what's written above, but given that he totally whiffed on who the Broncos' RFAs and ERFAs are this offseason, we're not going to trust him over Jason Fitzgerald of OTC, who does excellent, diligent work.

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