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Peyton Manning with his illustrious career will be demanding top dollar to whoever pursues him. ESPN.com Senior Analyst John Clayton has put the Denver Broncos in the conversation as to a player in the circus to land Manning because of the Broncos' $43.3 million to spend.
However, even though we might have the cap space, there's no way the Broncos will be getting the better end of the deal if they opt to give Manning the money he will require.
I estimate it will take a team $25-$35 million per year with around $50 million guaranteed to get Manning. The Broncos would use up all of their spending cash on someone with a lot of risk associated with him.
The Broncos have lots of cap space, but also are losing at least 10 players to free agency this offseason. High priorities such as Brodrick Bunkley and Daniel Fells will be getting top dollar. Other players to sign include Jason Hunter, Wesley Woodyard, Manny Ramirez and Brian Dawkins (if he returns).
With about 10 players leaving the roster in 2012, the Broncos will have to spend some cash on adding other players to bolster the team's depth.
There are a lot of other holes to worry about with all of the Broncos' extra spending money.