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There are 10 unrestricted free agents currently on the Broncos' roster.
Justin Bannan played in 16 games with the Broncos, tallying 42 tackles, including 28 solo tackles. 2012 was Bannan's second stint with the Broncos over his 11-year NFL career.
Bannan and first-year defensive coordinator, Jack Del Rio, were part of the third-best run defense in the entire NFL. While Bannan is great in his role as defensive tackle, the Broncos may want to look into younger talent. If his market value isn't too high, I would offer Bannan a one-year deal worth approximately $1 million.
His veteran talent would help push the Broncos to the Super Bowl in 2013.
The Denver Broncos picked up Keith Brooking in early August, and he started 14 of 16 regular-season games. Brooking was utilized to fill the hole when the Broncos lost D.J. Williams to a league suspension. He played solid and ended up as the Broncos starting middle linebacker.
At 37 years old, the Broncos will need to think about adding youth in the linebacker position instead of signing Brooking to a long deal. If Brooking doesn't retire and the Broncos decide to bring him back, they should do a one-year deal at the veteran minimum of $940,000.
David Bruton was an integral part of the special teams, playing in all 16 regular-season games and finishing with five tackles. The only reason Bruton won't be back in Denver in 2013 is if another team wants to give him a chance on defense as well as special teams and offer him more money/years.
John Elway should offer Bruton a multi-year deal, possibly two to three years worth $1 million each year, which would be a raise from his current salary.
Ryan Clady is Denver's top offseason priority. Clady allowed only one sack in the entire season and played in his third Pro Bowl in five seasons. Clady is 26 years old and would be the perfect fit to protect Peyton Manning's blind side for years to come.
The Broncos are looking to place the franchise tag on Clady. If they do, Clady would be guaranteed a one-year deal worth $9.66 million. There really isn't a risk with Clady. He has proven to be worth a big deal.