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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - Winning culture causing Broncos issues in Free Agency

Since John Elway has taken over as VP of football operations, the team has gone 46-18 in the regular season, with four straight AFC West titles, a 3-4 playoff record and a Super Bowl appearance.

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Establishing a consistent winning culture has made Denver an attractive free agent landing spot from the outside as talented players leave their current situation to pursue a World Championship.

It has also inflated the market for it's very own free agents making it more difficult to resign "home-grown" players. Looking back to last season, some of the Broncos middle tier-free agents received top dollar on the open market. In fact lets take a look at some of those contracts:

Knowshon Moreno - 1 year, 3 million, 1. 25 million guaranteed

Not a huge contract or something the Broncos couldn't have matched had they wanted to. This is a case of the team not offering a contract. With Ball and Hillman on the roster, the decision was the correct one.

Wesley Woodyard - 4 year, 15.75 million, 4.75 million guaranteed

Forget Brandon Marshall because he was an unknown at this point. Having Danny Trevathan allowed the Broncos to let the lumberjack talk a walk.

Zane Beadles - 5 year, 30 million, 9.475 million guaranteed

Losing Zane last season compounds the loss of Orlando Franklin this season. Both players received top dollar on the open market

Eric Decker - 5 year, 35.23 million, 15 million guaranteed

Decker's deal was friendly to both sides. his 7 million average per season

When you have guys like Franklin and Thomas leaving to pursue top dollar on the market, it is going to be much more difficult to ink your guys to a 2nd contract.

Virgil Green is the first person from the 2011 draft that Elway has signed to a 2nd deal.

Horse Tracks

Owen Daniels agrees to 3-year, $12M deal with Broncos - The Denver Post
Former Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels has agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos.

Kiszla: Broncos already in transition to post-Manning - The Denver Post
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak is cheaper to please than quarterback Peyton Manning. Denver is now a championship contender on a budget.

Terrance Knighton probably headed to a team not originally expected - The Denver Post
Terrance Knighton market includes Colts, Chargers, Patriots x

Steven Johnson aims to become every-down LB
After signing a one-year deal, Johnson revealed that he's hoping to prove he's more than just a run stuffer.

What It Means: Virgil Green stays with Broncos
By retaining Green, the Broncos show their belief that he can take the next step after working as a backup most of his career.

Virgil Green signs new three-year deal
Broncos tight end Virgil Green signs his new three-year deal and meets with the media

2015 Broncos free agent tracker
Stay on top of where the Broncos' free agents go (or stay!) with our free agent tracker.

Denver Broncos bank on the idea there's more to see from Virgil Green - ESPN
The Broncos moved on quickly from Julius Thomas, signing Owen Daniels and giving more responsibility to former seventh-rounder Green.

Inside Slant: Darrelle Revis, Ndamukong Suh and other Day 1 observations - AFC West Blog - ESPN

Oakland Raiders add versatile backup RB Roy Helu - ESPN

Roy Helu had 42 catches last season for the Washington Redskins.

Oakland Raiders in DeMarco Murray chase - ESPN

The Raiders promised to be big players in free agency, and they're holding to that promise by making a run at DeMarco Murray.

Frank Gore agrees to terms with Indianapolis Colts -

Frank Gore is heading to the Midwest. The veteran running back has agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced Tuesday.

Seahawks get Jimmy Graham from Saints -
The Saints and Seahawks have completed a blockbuster trade. New Orleans sends Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round pick to Seattle for center Max Unger and a first-round selection.

Winners and losers from Tradeapolooza -
On Tuesday, we witnessed the craziest five minutes in NFL transaction history. Check out the latest landing spots for Jimmy Graham, Haloti Ngata, Sam Bradford and Nick Foles.