In short: Peyton Manning cannot feel his fingertips anymore; Manning attributed his late-season slump last year to a bug he caught in San Diego; and, perhaps most notably, the team has "major" concerns about the offensive line.
"We’re still working on it," Elway told King. "We’re looking at all options. If we can find a player who can help us there as the season approaches, we’ll look at it."
The solution? King said Denver will either trade a low-round pick for an offensive lineman, or add a lineman through waivers, probably a guard.
#Broncos o-line as of now: LT LG C RG RT Sambrailo Garcia Paradis Vasquez Harris— Jon Heath (@JonHeathNFL) August 24, 2015
The Broncos had tackle Jake Long in for a visit earlier this season. Elway said at the time that they were not signing Long, but that they would not rule out the possibility for down the road. There's been little movement on the Long front since then.
Meanwhile, guard Evan Mathis will decide on a new team this week, according to his agent. Mathis debunked Kansas City's reported interest in him, so that leaves Seattle as his most likely landing spot. Mathis said on Reddit that he's seeking around "$3.5M per year plus incentives," which is not unreasonable for a Pro Bowler.
The Broncos have just over $8 million in cap space, according to OverTheCap.com.
While Long and Mathis would be the sexiest options on the offensive line, King's prediction of adding depth by trade or waivers seems to be Denver's most likely move.
Teams must trim their rosters to 75 players by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, Sept. 1. Teams must trim their rosters to 53 players by the same time on Saturday, Sept. 5.