It looks like the Broncos top free agents will be moving on once again this offseason. Terrance Knighton, Julius Thomas, Orlando Franklin, and Rahim Moore are all generating interest on the free agent market.
Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported yesterday that the Broncos division rivals, the San Diego Chargers have interest in the Broncos guard/tackle. Chargers head coach Mike McCoy was Franklin's offensive coordinator in Denver from 2011 to 2012.
The Chargers could use some help along the offensive line and view Franklin as an option at guard and tackle. They have $26.3 million in cap space currently.
Update: Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that the Chargers and Orlando Franklin have a deal "unofficially done", and that the deal will be finalized on Tuesday. ESPN's Adam Caplan is hearing the same.
Foxsports Mike Garafolo also reported that the Philadelphia Eagles also have interest in Orlando Franklin. They recently released guard Todd Herremans and could replace him with Franklin. The Eagles are expected to be big players in free agency, and have plenty of cap space($43.7 million) to get in a bidding war for his services.
Mike Klis of the Denver post reported earlier today that the Broncos have not been in contact with Franklin's agent.
It's being reported by multiple media outlets that the Jacksonville Jaguars have emerged as the favorites for Julius Thomas. The sense is that the deal between the two sides is all but done, but the deal cannot be officially signed until Tuesday.
According to Mike Klis, the Denver Broncos never reached out to discuss a contract with Julius Thomas this offseason.
Terrance Knighton reportedly getting "serious interest" from several teams http://t.co/rjWszrCtao— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 8, 2015
With Ndamukong Suh reportedly off the free agent market, Terrance Knighton becomes the top defensive tackle on the free agent market and is generating "serious interest" from multiple teams.
With Suh more than likely heading to Miami, Oakland will probably set their sights on Knighton. We all know the Del Rio connection there and the Raiders have a ton of cap they need to spend. Chicago has John Fox who was Knighton's head coach while he played in Denver. Indy needs a nose tackle, and Washington recently released Barry Cofield.
The Colts ($38.1 million, the Raiders ($59.6 million), and Bears ($28.6 million) all have the salary cap to outbid the Broncos for Knighton's services.
Mike Klis reported that the Broncos have not made a move to re-sign Knighton, and it appears he will be playing for a new team in 2015.
According to Klis, the Broncos are monitoring the market for safety Rahim Moore. With New England Patriots safety Devil McCourty in high demand, the market for Moore will materialize once he signs.
The safety market is pretty weak this offseason(draft/free agency), so teams will be looking for safety help. Multiple teams are expressing interest in Moore according to Klis. He doesn't say which teams are interested, and if the Broncos have talked to Moore at all.