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The Broncos need value, not bling

The Denver Broncos are looking to begin a culture and create a culture of winning once again in Colorado for their football fans. This isn’t the year to chase big names in free agency.

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While I expect the Denver Broncos to do as much as they can to get a roster that is more to Sean Payton’s liking than what we saw in the 2022 season, my thought is that we’ll see the Broncos looking for value more than splash in free agency this season.

The running back room needs an addition which is the most glaring need. The good news is that there are veteran running backs out there that can come here to extend their careers. That’s likely to be the biggest signing and hopefully won’t break the bank like the dumb contract Elway gave to Melvin Gordon III a few years back.

This team needs to rebuild, and thankfully that is something Payton has proven he can do. To that end, I’m excited to see what kind of value the Broncos can find without breaking the salary cap this year. We already know they aren’t likely to find big contributions in the draft due to trading all their early picks away, after all.

The sad part is, that means home grown talent like Dre’Mont Jones are likely to not don the orange and blue next season for the very same reasons.

Broncos News

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Other NFL News

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2023 NFL free agency: Players who could be underpriced, overpriced
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Sources - Geno Smith agrees to 3-year, $105M deal with Seahawks
Geno Smith and the Seahawks have agreed to a three-year, $105 million contract, sources told ESPN on Monday.

Ravens say talks with Lamar Jackson to go up to tag deadline
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Ex-Raiders QB Derek Carr agrees to deal with Saints
The Saints have agreed to a contract with quarterback Derek Carr, the team announced Monday.

With Tony Pollard in fold, what's next for Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys? - Dallas Cowboys Blog- ESPN
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Derek Carr’s deal does not make the Saints Super Bowl contenders - Sports Illustrated
New Orleans created cap space to sign the former Raider to a four-year deal, but that doesn’t mean the team will be competitive beyond the NFC South.

Derek Carr’s Contract Could Signal a Softer Than Expected QB Market - Sports Illustrated
Carr gained valuable long-term security in his contract with the Saints, but the move may indicate some of his veteran peers won’t earn what they’re expecting.

MMQB combine update: Bears likely to trade the No. 1 draft pick - Sports Illustrated
Albert Breer’s conversations with Chicago’s GM and coach, plus talks with Anthony Richardson’s coach and updates on Daniel Jones and Lamar Jackson.

Bengals' Never-Ending Search for Linemen Continues | Football Outsiders
Another year, another offseason with offensive tackles atop the Cincinnati Bengals' shopping list.

Deneric Prince, Jahmyr Gibbs Lead 2023 Speed Scores | Football Outsiders
With only 15 running backs running the 40 at this year's combine, superlatives are somewhat low. Just two backs topped the 110 barrier, led by the surprising Deneric Prince from Tulsa.