Creating the Denver Broncos' Free-Agency Fallback Plan

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Creating the Denver Broncos' Free-Agency Fallback Plan
Kathy Willens/Associated Press

On the eve of free agency, the Denver Broncos have a master plan they are set to put in place. Under general manager John Elway, the Broncos usually add starters via free agency and depth via the draft.

Still in a Super Bowl window, the Broncos can maintain their dominance in the AFC with the right moves in free agency. With almost $28 million in cap space, the Broncos could be bigger players in the open market than some think.

Free agency usually comes in waves.

The first wave is full of marquee players at their position. They are highly coveted by other teams, and their price tags are usually at the top of the class.

The second wave is full of “value” players. These are players who aren’t quite at the top of their game. They’re either younger players with upside, or veterans who aren’t the same players they used to be.

The third wave usually happens much later than the other two. This is a wave full of one-year “prove it” deals. These contracts are for players with injury or character concerns. They need to “prove it” for one year in order to see a larger payday in the future.

Every team needs to have an alternate plan in place in case a player’s price tag gets too large. No team should overpay or get desperate at this time of year, although there are several teams that do.

Let’s take a look at moves the Broncos could make as a fallback plan if their top targets sign elsewhere. These are likely second or third-wave free agents who could step in and contribute for the team.

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