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I'm still feeling so lucky to be a Broncos fan. I still am overjoyed at the success of our team in the 2015 season. Let's get some perspective on the consequences of being the champs.

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Free Agency Loses

The first thing you will see from every Super Bowl champ is some "key" free agent loses. The players who are coming into free agency following a Super Bowl win have an extra chip in pile to use in negotiations. They are Super Bowl Champions. They know what it takes. Other teams want winners on their teams. It all just makes sense.

Luckily for us there's the function of compensatory picks at work for us when this happens. Every free agent that moves to another team and gets paid big means a better haul of picks when these are divvied up.

Tough Cap Situations

Most of the time, Championship teams have great talent. Great talent in the NFL costs money. You can't have a team full of rookies through 4th year players win a Bowl in the NFL. There have to be some veterans in there with real skills. The biggest part of what our front office does for us that impacts how much talent the team has is manage the cap. We have to spend to have talent, we want as much talent as we can acquire, and all of this needs to be balanced so we can field a team that has few holes.

Protip: this is one of the best attributes I've seen from Elway since he's taken over. He really does a great job keeping contracts fair for the team and the players. He doesn't hamstring the team with backloaded dead money. While we do have tough decisions here, they aren't nearly as dire as the MSM or rival fan bases would have you think.

Who da champs?

Here's the really positive consequence: we're the Champions of the NFL. This team showed from the top down they have what it takes. Players want to play on winning teams. This idea got us free agents since Elway has been running the show like T.J. Ward, Darian Stewart, Evan Mathis, Ryan Harris, and Emmanuel Sanders who probably signed for less money than they would have made at other places because they knew they were going to be working in a great situation.

Sure everything looks like we won't be very splashy players in free agency, but look what we did last year? Our most important defensive player not named Von Miller was a free agent we signed (Darian Stewart). Give me more optimism about these kinds of signings and less worry about losing big name free agents.

Broncos News

Peyton: Watching Broncos on TV was 'excruciating' - NFL.com
Peyton Manning says he found it very difficult to watch Denver Broncos games on television in 2015, saying he would mute the sound of the broadcasts to avoid the commentary.

Sacco Sez: Rich "Tombstone" Jackson honored by Professional Football Researchers Association
The Professional Football Researchers Association have enshrined Broncos defensive end Rich "Tombstone" Jackson into the group's Hall of Very Good.

What the Broncos' decision to tag Von Miller means
"I want to be with the Denver Broncos," Miller said Monday night on NFL Network, and all signs still point to that being the final resolution.

What does Sam Bradford's contract mean for Brock Osweiler and the Broncos? | Mile High Sports
Sam Bradford just earned himself a huge payday on Tuesday, but what does his contract mean for Brock Osweiler and the Broncos?

Not NFL Champions News

Knighton: I don't get why I'm bouncing around - NFL.com
Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton opted for a one-year "prove-it" deal in free agency this past season after a disappointing emergence on the open market. He may face a similar predicament this offseason. Protip: It is probably because you won't make weight and stay in good game shape.

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens strike contract extension - NFL.com
It's a good time to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Joe Flacco has signed a contract extension with the Baltimore Ravens. Ian Rapoport reports Flacco gets a $40 million signing bonus. LAWL...I can't believe they are throwing more money at this guy.

Six potential landing spots for Mario Williams - NFL.com
Mario Williams immediately leapt into the top 10 of our free agents list after he was cut by the Bills on Tuesday. Where could he end up? Conor Orr and Kevin Patra assess Williams' options.

AFC team needs: Three key areas to address in free agency, draft - NFL.com
With free agency nearly upon us, Chris Wesseling reveals three areas that must be addressed by each AFC team. See your team's most glaring position needs heading into free agency and the draft.

New England Patriots release Brandon LaFell, Scott Chandler
The Patriots have released wide receiver Brandon LaFell and tight end Scott Chandler.

Roddy White will be missed, could make Atlanta Falcons regret decision - Atlanta Falcons Blog- ESPN
The Falcons released their all-time leading wide receiver on Wednesday, and even Roddy White is past his prime, it may have been the wrong move. (This is a story I've seen many times: age catches up to a player, player gets cut, everyone talks about what used to be, and the most likely outcome is some team kicks the tires in the preseason and cuts him.)

Repairing Robert Griffin III's career will take work - Washington Redskins Blog- ESPN
Here's a look at quarterback Robert Griffin III's situation from three perspectives -- an agent, a front office and an offensive coach. (Three very interesting angles on some free agency player hype.)

Biggest free agent on all 32 NFL teams
Who are the biggest names about to hit the free-agent market? NFL Nation goes team-by-team, with Broncos QB Brock Osweiler and Giants pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul highlighting the list.