Broncos make in-house moves during tamper period

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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 22: Elijah Wilkinson #68 of the Denver Broncos runs onto the field during starting lineup introductions before a game against the Detroit Lions at Empower Field on December 22, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

As free agency is set to begin on Wednesday, the Denver Broncos have made some moves regarding some players from last season.

We are inching ever so close to the start of the new league year. The Denver Broncos are looking to improve from their 7-9 record from last season. There was a lot of improvement, but mostly a lot of promise going into the second year of the Vic Fangio era.

The competition for free agents is starting to heat up and the Broncos decided to focus on some key players within to shape up the roster. They have made quite a few moves, but let us start out with their right tackle from last season.

Tackle/guard Elijah Wilkinson has been given a second round tender by the Denver Broncos as a restricted free agent. That means if another team signed him to an offer sheet, the Broncos would get time to match it. If they do, Denver retains him. If not, the Broncos would get a second-round draft pick.

With how poor Wilkinson played last season, this move comes as a bit of a surprise to me. But perhaps the opportunity is that he can be a backup or he gets moved to the inside of the offensive line at guard on a more permanent basis.

The Broncos have also extended minimum salary tenders to wide receiver Tim Patrick, safety Trey Marshall, receiver/returner Diontae Spencer, and cornerback Shakial Taylor. Patrick and Spencer should be some key members to the offense and special teams in 2020.

Trey Marshall saw some playing time late in the season and has been with the team since 2018. There has been some solid plays from him and he will figure to be a special teams and backup player in 2020.

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There are bound to be even more moves in the coming days. No one knows where the next move will happen, but it should be a great time.