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By: Jess Place

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It’s the end of the league year, time for a little housekeeping.

It’s been nearly two months since the Denver Broncos last played a down of football. It’s been even longer than that for meaningful football. In this year’s edition of “How do we turn this disaster around?,” the Broncos will make a bunch of moves this week to get where they want to be with the salary cap going into the new league year that begins next week, Wednesday, March 13th.

It’s doubtful that the Broncos will franchise or transition tag anyone before the franchise tag deadline passes on Tuesday at 2:00pm MT. Without that distraction, the Broncos will be free to focus on the salary cap.

While the salary cap for 2024 was increased higher than most projected, Denver has some work to do to position themselves to make the moves they need to make this year.

Obviously, the topic on everyone’s mind is Russell Wilson and his albatross anvil-shaped anchor of a contract. While not totally impossible, it’s unlikely we will see an outright release this week. If Denver does move on from Wilson, it’s been widely speculated that he will be a post-June 1 cut so that the impact of his contract’s dead money can be spread out over two years, instead of just the one that releasing him now would allow.

So, while the topic of most Broncos’ fan’s interest can’t be addressed just now, expect the Broncos to take long hard looks at players in the secondary and wide receiver positions. Some players will be on the move (likely Damari Mathis) and some are candidates for restructure (Tim Patrick).

We’ll likely begin to hear rumblings of trades that will be announced when the unofficial tampering period begins a week from now on March 11. Will there be a blockbuster trade that could catapult Denver into a position where they could draft that all-important (and seemingly elusive) quarterback of the future? Who could be on the move? Trading Courtland Sutton, Justin Simmons, and even Patrick Surtain have long been the topics of debate among fans. The clouded future of these and other players will become a little clearer by week’s end.

While the turnaround is still months (likely years) away, it’s good to see that the boat is at least in the water and hasn’t caught fire… yet. For the 8th time in as many years, hope for a winning season remains on the horizon. This week is one of the larger babysteps in that process.


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Originally posted on Mile High Report