Broncos Playing Waiting Game, Or Not Playing At All?


Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) reacts against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Colts defeated the Broncos 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos have started the new NFL year, and the faithful are already restless. The Broncos have some major needs, but John Elway and company seem to be sitting back and waiting. Why the wait? Elway is the only one who can truly answer that question.

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The rumor mill has been filled with ideas and stories about who the Broncos are targeting, but nothing says, “biding your time,” quite like using Peyton Manning’s pay cut on a long snapper. With almost 13 million dollars finding its way to Demaryius Thomas, how much more is there for the Broncos to kick around?

The big names that Denver could be targeting – Bryan Bulaga, Ndamukong Suh – will not last long on the market. They will also be bringing in a hefty price tag. So, how does Elway work the numbers? How can he make a splash?

Manning did not take a four million dollar pay cut just to sign the guy who only snaps the ball to the punter

Maybe the real question here is, “does Elway need to make a splash?” Big name signings are nice for the blogs, and sports talk radio, but will they equal success in the regular season? The Broncos have spent the last few offseasons showing a penchant for working the cap and making the big move. Is that necessary this time around?

The best thing Elway and company can do is piece together an offensive line that is going to protect Manning, and open up holes in the new running game that head coach Gary Kubiak will be bringing to Denver. Is that Bulaga? Perhaps, but that does not mean Bulaga is the only option. Elway and Kubiak are solid talent evaluators. They should have no problem finding guys that fit what they want to be doing on offense.

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  • Suh is the big name on defense that everyone wants, but he is going to demand a JJ Watt-like deal, which does not make sense for the Broncos. Manning would have needed to play for the league minimum to work that out, so it will be better for the team to find Terrence Knighton’s replacement elsewhere.

    Elway has confidence in his new staff, and believes they can develop young talent. Maybe the Broncos are not waiting. Maybe the moves that will be made are not free agency moves, but rather development moves. The answers will come shortly, but Manning did not take a four million dollar pay cut just to sign the guy who only snaps the ball to the punter.