Unrestricted free agents (part one)
Players who are unrestricted free agents are not under their team’s control anymore except by the franchise tag or transition tag designation.
The Broncos have used the franchise tag in recent years on players like Von Miller and Demaryius Thomas.
Given the price of the franchise tag right now for some of the players the Broncos would even consider using it on, it’s highly unlikely the team will use that this year. Even the transition tag is likely out of the question for any of these players, as good as some of them have been in Denver.
Here are all of the players the Broncos have set to hit unrestricted free agency in 2019 along with the chances the team will re-sign them.
Jared Veldheer, OT (31)
Veldheer did a fine job for the Broncos for most of the season. At $7 million in base salary, he was a solid investment along the offensive line. The Broncos would be wise to reach out to Veldheer to see what his asking price is, but re-signing him should not be considered imminent.
His injury history combined with the depth of this year’s tackle class in free agency make this a less than 50-50 proposition.
Domata Peko, DL (34)
Peko has been an awesome find for the Broncos on the interior defensive line since he came aboard in the 2017 offseason. He was a great fit for the scheme Vance Joseph and Joe Woods ran in Denver, but will he be a fit with Vic Fangio? My guess is he will be. The Broncos love Peko and the leadership and intangible qualities he brings to the table are invaluable.
The Broncos should bring him back for another year or two, and I think they will.
Tramaine Brock, CB (30)
The Broncos were clearly on a tight budget this past offseason because of the decision to spend the majority of their money on Case Keenum. That’s why they went out and prioritized signing Tramaine Brock, who had some history with Vance Joseph.
He just so happens to have some history with Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell as well, so his situation is an intriguing one. He may come back to Denver for another year but the team will undoubtedly be looking for upgrades.