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Free agency looms large for Broncos

Just weeks to go.

Gardener signs with Broncos Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images

It’s hard to believe that the Super Bowl just just a couple weeks ago. If you feel like the offseason has stretched on forever, you’re not wrong. Relevant Broncos football ceased to be played back in November and the desire for improvement has only grown.

On March 17th, the 2021 NFL league year begins anew. Before that, however, let us celebrate the league’s official “tampering period,” that institutionalized nod to rule-bending, that precedes the new league year. Folks, we are just 3 weeks away.

We know that the salary cap this year is going to be at least $180 million with reports topping it out at no more than $185 million. Assuming that it’s at the higher end of things, the Denver Broncos look to already have between $37.8 to $39.7 million to spend.

Of course this number could change depending on what the Broncos decide to do with Von Miller and Kareem Jackson, both with club options that need to be exercised in order for them to return.

According to Mike Klis:

Miller has a $7 million guarantee option on an $18 million payout for 2021, the final year of what had been an NFL-record six-year contract. Jackson has a $1.5 million option guarantee on his $10 million salary in 2021.

This offseason, with exceptions for Matt Stafford and Carson Wentz fans, has been painfully quiet. The push and pull of veteran courtship is about to begin. Like teenagers mad that they didn’t get a phone call or text back, plenty will be read into interactions in the coming weeks. Feelings will be hurt and desires for greener pastures will become known. Here’s hoping there are more than a few thoroughbreds that want to come graze in in Broncos Country.


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