Denver Broncos, John Elway remain aggressive in free agency – The Denver Post
They have become the New York Yankees of the NFL.
Duke Elway is playing the role of Boss Steinbrenner.
The Broncos, since John Elway took charge of football operations in 2011, have become big spenders. Their draft work has been spotty. They’re not much on re-signing their own.
Yet, the Broncos have won four consecutive AFC West titles in the four years of Elway’s regime. Why? He spends. Much like when the late George Steinbrenner was emperor of the Yanks.
New York doesn’t do farm systems. Let the small-market teams develop prospects. The Yanks win now. NOW! Or else.
In another life, Elway once worked for Steinbrenner. It was a brief dalliance that might have planted long-lasting philosophies into Elway on how to best build a franchise.
Sights in the NFL this week are on free agency, where no team has been more aggressive in recent years than the Broncos.
Peyton Manning, Louis Vasquez, Wes Welker, DeMarcus Ware, Emmanuel Sanders, Aqib Talib, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, T.J. Ward, Manny Ramirez and Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton are among the 27 full- or part-time starters Elway has signed from the past four free-agent periods.
“That all comes down to where our budget is, and I think that the bottom line is our philosophy to build in the draft and then add with free agency,” Elway said. “We’ve just been fortunate in the fact that we’ve been able to in the free-agency market get some very good, high-profile players. … But we’re always, no matter what it is, we’re always going to try to get better as a football team and stay within what the budget tells us to stay in, but try to find the right guys for the Denver Broncos.”
The 2015 free-agent market opens March 10, but a soft opening begins Saturday when teams are allowed to discuss interest and contracts with agents of free-agent players. No contract can be finalized, though, until the market opens at 2 p.m. March 10.
After the Broncos designate a $12.8 million franchise tag to their own free-agent receiver Demaryius Thomas on Monday, the team will have approximately $13 million of payroll cap … – Click Here To Visit Article Source