4 Veterans the Denver Broncos Must Part with Before the 2014 Season

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4 Veterans the Denver Broncos Must Part with Before the 2014 Season
ELISE AMENDOLA/Associated Press

To say that John Elway takes free agency seriously would be putting it lightly. It's like he lives for this time of year.

He doesn't just want you to think that the Denver Broncos did well in the offseason; he wants you to think they've gone crazy but in a good way.

In the sort of way that would make an aging quarterback throw himself into a helicopter dive to get a first down in the Super Bowl. That type of crazy.

Per Sporting News, in the first two days of free agency, the Broncos signed T.J. Ward, the hard-hitting safety from the Cleveland Browns, Aqib Talib, the shutdown corner from New England, and DeMarcus Ware, who needs no introduction.

There is no doubt that Elway saw what happened in the Super Bowl—how the Seahawks pushed the Broncos around and punched them in the teeth. He wantedprobably by halftime, in all honestyhis own players of that caliber.

He wanted toughness and physical dominance, and all three early defensive signings give him just those qualities.

Getting them comes at a price, though. Players of that ilk are not cheap, and Denver had to dump some veterans to clear the necessary cap space. Most notably, the Broncos cut fan favorite Champ Bailey, who was due $10 million over the course of the next year.

If they want to keep on adding hard-nosed defensive players, they will have to clear up some more room. The roster is being revamped to win right now at all costs.

It's the right kind of desperationthe type of desperation that propelled Elway through The Drive and so many other comebacksbut they're going to have to get rid of some other veterans to make it work.

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