There was no bigger move this offseason than the signing of quarterback Peyton Manning to a five-year, $96 million contract. Modest upgrades were made to Manning’s new supporting cast with the signing of tight ends Jacob Tamme (Indianapolis) and Joel Dreessen (Houston) as well as wide receiver Andre Caldwell (Cincinnati). Significant losses:
"Tebow Time" expired in Denver when the Colts acquired Manning. The Broncos acquired a fourth-round pick as part of the trade that sent Tim Tebow to the New York Jets. Denver couldn’t retain defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley, who signed a five-year, $25 million contract with New Orleans. Top draft need:
Defensive tackle must be addressed early, but the Broncos also may be looking to draft a cornerback. Andre Goodman was released last week and Champ Bailey will be 34 years old this season. Analysis:
The Broncos brilliantly courted the most attractive quarterback ever to hit the free-agent market while also finding a way out of the Tebow quagmire. Denver now must hope that Manning isn’t damaged goods from four neck procedures within a two-year span. Grade:
A+- Alex Marvez
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