The Denver Broncos are on their way to the Super Bowl. This season has built up to a crescendo where they have a chance to win a championship. They will soon face the Seattle Seahawks for the rights to call themselves world champions.
Soon after they win or lose, the Broncos will turn their sole focus to the offseason. This time is full of scouting college players at pro days and the NFL Scouting Combine, and it culminates with the NFL draft in New York City.
They are in the middle of a Super Bowl window. With Peyton Manning under center, the team is capable of making a deep postseason run each season. In order to keep the window open, the team needs to make tough roster decisions.
They have a few players who are unrestricted free agents in 2014. Before the team builds a draft board, they will first have to choose which players to pay in free agency.
The NFL is just business, but there are tough decisions each team must make. Sometimes favorites of the coaching staff (or the fans) have to be let go in order to clear salary-cap space. It’s the nature of the business in the NFL today. There’s nothing personal about these decisions; each team has to work within the structures of the rules.
The Broncos could have quite a bit of salary-cap space heading into 2014. That money could dry up quickly, depending on the free-agent decisions this team makes.
Let’s take a look at the five toughest decisions the Broncos will have to make this offseason.