It seems to me like we should start to attract some players that may not have been interested in playing for the Broncos previously. Not just receivers, but any position. Guys want to win superbowls and Peyton Freaking Manning gives any team a chance to do just that. Vets may come to us and won't mind getting paid just a bit less to squeeze into the available cap space we have left. These aren't the guys I'm concerned about. Sure, in a few years, they will retire or start to break down, maybe they've still got enough left in the tank to help us get to a SB or two, but I'm thinking about the scrubs.
I looked at the young guys we're getting, Caldwell, Porter, Woodyard coming back, and I look at their contracts and I wonder if there is strategy in how those are set up. Seems to me that Manning will make any receiver look good. Caldwell is kindova nobody in terms of what he's done in the league. Will he come out of this looking like a superstar? Will Thomas and Decker? I sure as hell hope so. What happens when their contracts expire? Are we going to be dealing with the next Mike Wallace in one of these guys who wants to be the next big money guy? Can we exploit that based on their contract lengths? Manning's high scoring offense should reap some benefits for our defense too. If we're up and the other team is not playing their game in order to keep up, will they make more mistakes? Will our defense capitolize? I sure as hell hope so, but what about their contracts? Are they set up in a way so we can exploit that?
Maybe I'm trying to see advantage where it's not feasible because who knows how well these guys will play, but part of me doesn't want this team to attract a bunch of guys who excel because Payton Freaking Manning makes them look good, only to lose them to other teams without compensation. I don't want what happens to a lot of championship teams to happen to the Broncos which is when a team does well, other teams scavenge their players away. They come in like vultures and pick the good meat off the bones.
What I want to know is, do you think the FO takes these kinds of things into account and will trade guys for picks because we've got Peyton Freaking Manning making them look good? Obviously it's a quite involved thing and over the next 4-5 years players will come and go, but I just want to be sure that we're set up to have a good young team even when Peyton Freaking Manning retires after having won 3 superbowls.