Champ Bailey - #24 - Cornerback - 6'0" - 192lbs
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | STATS
News: The Denver Broncos are expected to release perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made. A message was left with Bailey's agent.
Impact: By releasing Bailey, the Broncos would open up cap space with the 12-time Pro Bowl player scheduled to make around $10 million next season. Bailey was sidelined most of the season by a nagging left foot sprain. The 35-year-old shutdown corner returned late in the season to help the Broncos advance to the Super Bowl, where they lost 43-8 to Seattle.
Champ Bailey - #24 - Cornerback - 6'0" - 192lbs
News: Bailey will be released by the Broncos, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: Bailey has played for 15 years in the league and the Broncos will save $10 million in cap space. The veteran said he would like to play again in 2014, so he should see some interest on the market. Injuries limited him to five regular season games in 2013 and it was the first season he did not record an interception.
C.J. Anderson - #22 - Running back - 5'8" - 224lbs
News: Anderson will get a shot to compete for the Broncos' starting running back job during training camp, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Anderson is expected to compete with Montee Ball, who is the front-runner to win the job. Ronnie Hillman will likely be relegated to third-down duty, and it's certainly possible that a veteran back will be brought in to increase the competition. Incumbent starter Knowshon Moreno is not expected to return now that he is a free agent, but Anderson will at least get a chance to show if he can handle the load.
Ronnie Hillman - #21 - Running back - 5'10" - 195lbs
News: Hillman is expected to be the Broncos' third-down back in 2014, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Hillman went into last year's training camp as the top back on the depth chart, but fumbling issues and an inability to pass block effectively pushed him down to the No. 3 spot behind Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball. Things actually got worse as the year went on, with undrafted rookie C.J. Anderson jumping him on the depth chart too. With Moreno not expected to return next season, Anderson and Ball will likely compete for the starting job, with Hillman hoping to carve out a consistent role on third down.
Montee Ball - #28 - Running back - 5'10" - 215lbs
News: Ball is expected to be the Broncos' starting running back in 2014, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: With Knowshon Moreno unlikely to be re-signed, Ball will compete with C.J. Anderson and likely a veteran the Broncos bring in before training camp for the starting job. Ball is the easy front-runner, as he performed well in the backup role last season behind Moreno. Ronnie Hillman will likely be the third-down back, if he can get over the fumbling issues that effectively got him benched last year. There is plenty of upside for Ball, especially with the Broncos looking to run the ball more next season to alleviate the need for quarterback Peyton Manning to make all the plays.
Mon. Mar 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Manning has passed his physical on his surgically repaired neck, clearing the way for him to play in 2014.
Impact: In what was considered the final formality for his return, Manning passed the exam as required by his contract that will pay him $20 million next season. He won his fifth MVP award in 2013, when he set single-season records by passing for 5,547 yards and 55 TDs while guiding the Broncos to their first Super Bowl in 15 seasons.
Mon. Mar 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Following a neck exam Monday, Manning has been fully cleared to play this coming season, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impact: Manning's contract with the Broncos requires him to get his neck checked out yearly, before his salary is guaranteed, but after the outstanding season that he put up in 2013, in which he threw for 5,477 yards and a record 55 TD passes, it's not especially surprising that his health checked out fine. The soon-to-be 38-year-old will thus retain his status as one of fantasy's elite QBs in advance of the 2014 season.
Mar 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manning is slated to undergo an exam on his surgically-repaired neck on Monday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The report points out that Manning passed his exit physical following the Super Bowl, with the quarterback already having expressed his intention to play for the Broncos in the 2014 season. That's the anticipated outcome, which should be solidified following Monday's neck exam, assuming no unexpected findings.
Derek Wolfe - #95 - Defensive End - 6'5" - 285lbs
Fri. Feb 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Wolfe says he's finally healthy after suffering a seizure in November that doctors now believe was related to the spinal cord injury he suffered in the preseason.
Impact: In an interview outside his home with Denver television stations KCNC and KMGH this week, the Broncos' defensive lineman said he's back up to 280 pounds, having regained 20 of the 30 pounds he lost last season, and will resume training next week.
Eric Decker - #87 - Wide Receiver - 6'3" - 214lbs
Thu. Feb 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Colts are believed to be interested in signing Decker, who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next month, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: The Colts are in pretty good shape in terms of the salary cap, so making a run at Decker is a plausible scenario in the event the team makes adding another proven wideout to the mix (with Reggie Wayne bouncing back from an ACL injury) an offseason priority.