Denver Broncos lose key players on free agency eve

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Matt Paradis

SANTA CLARA, CA – FEBRUARY 07: Matt Paradis #61 of the Denver Broncos prepares to hike the ball against the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos lost a few key starters on the eve of the NFL’s official free agency period. What else went down on day two of legal tampering?

Day two of the NFL’s legal negotiating period was fascinating throughout, starting with massive contracts being handed out to some of the best players on the market like linebacker CJ Mosley, who signed for $17 million per season with the New York Jets in the wee hours of the morning.

As the day wore along, the Denver Broncos lost a trio of key starters from last year’s team, the AFC West lost yet another superstar pass rusher, and the Cleveland Browns made the biggest trade of the year, acquiring superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants.

Are the Broncos missing out, even after making two big splash signings on Monday night? What needs do they have left, and how will they fill them?

There’s no doubt that John Elway has a lot left to do, even after a busy start to the offseason, but he still has cap space and there are a lot of good free agents still available.

Let’s recap the day that was, and start with the loss of an offensive captain.

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