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Just days after winning Super Bowl 50, Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager John Elway is already making plans to keep Denver strong in 2016.

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Happy Wendesday, Country.

The Denver Broncos are your Super Bowl 50 champions — and John Elway's plan to keep them on the path to a second straight Super Bowl has a blueprint that begins with keeping the team's historic defense intact.

In yesterday's post-Super Bowl press conference, Elway was adamant about his desire to retain key free agents on the defensive side of the ball such as Von Miller, Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan.

Alas, he knows that keeping so many premier players is going to be a tough task, but certainly one he is going to work diligently on to make happen.

After an incredible Super Bowl performance which earned him MVP honors, Miller will undoubtedly be the Broncos' top priority.  Expect the team to franchise him well before the deadline to ensure they have the ability to come to terms on a long-term agreement before the advent of the 2016 season.  It wouldn't be the first time Elway has used this maneuver, as he did this with Demaryius Thomas and Ryan Clady over the past several seasons.

Tough decisions will have to be made, but Elway stressed that he would rather have to make those hard choices as opposed to easy ones — stating that difficult decisions come along with the title of being a Super Bowl Champion franchise.

Expect Elway to work closely with capologist Mike Sullivan and the representatives of the teams' premier free agents soon, but don't be surprised if some of the players they desire to retain move on to 'greener' pastures.  Yet maybe, just maybe, some will take the 'hometown discount' that Chris Harris Jr. did in order to help the Broncos battle for a second straight Super Bowl title.

Sounds off in the comments section on who you would love to see the Broncos retain from their free agent pool and give some of your predictions in there as well.  As always, thanks for reading and have a wonderful rest of the week.  Here are today's Horse Tracks.

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