KUSA—Time for Jimmy Sexton, Joby Branion and Jack Scharf to polish up their client’s dossiers.
Denver Broncos’ general manager John Elway, or staff personnel speaking on Elway’s behalf, will meet the representatives of the team’s own unrestricted free agent players this week during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
The Broncos’ unrestricted free-agent class is headed by pass-rushing linebacker Von Miller, whose agent is Branion; defensive end Malik Jackson, who is represented by Scharf, and quarterback Brock Osweiler, who is represented by Sexton.
The most significant of these discussions is the Broncos plan to meet with Osweiler’s agent. As of Monday morning, the Broncos had yet to open discussions with Sexton about a contract extension for Osweiler, who everyone expects will be the team’s starting quarterback in 2016.
They got to sign him first. The Broncos have not opened contract negotiations with Osweiler in part out of deference to current starting quarterback Peyton Manning, who is contemplating retirement.
Manning must notify the Broncos of his intentions by March 8, as his $19 million salary for the 2016 season would become fully guaranteed on March 9. There is no 2016 scenario in which the Broncos pay $19 million to Manning.
The Broncos have already been in serious negotiations with Scharf about Jackson, who is expected to become highly coveted in free agency.
There has been little discussion between the Broncos and Branion as it’s seemingly a foregone conclusion Miller will be slapped with the franchise tag by March 1.
The Broncos will also make time at the combine to speak with the agents of their other free-agent players, a list that includes inside linebacker Danny Trevathan, running back Ronnie Hillman, left guard Evan Mathis; offensive tackle Ryan Harris; safety David Bruton Jr., slot receiver Jordan Norwood, receiver Andre “Bubba” Caldwell, cornerback Omar Bolden; defensive lineman Antonio Smith; tight end Vernon Davis and offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus.
From that tier of free agents, the Broncos are expected to be most serious about trying to re-sign Norwood, Trevathan and Harris.
The Broncos are also expected to discuss the level of tendered contracts to restricted free agent running back C.J. Anderson and inside linebacker Brandon Marshall.
Gordon re-signs, Taylor added
The Broncos re-signed blocking tight end Richard Gordon on Monday. Gordon was on the Broncos’ 53-man roster for five games last season, playing in the game against Green Bay.
Gordon is a fifth-year player who has played for four teams.
The Broncos also signed former first-round defensive tackle Phil Taylor. The No. 21 overall pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2011, the 335-pound or so Taylor had a promising rookie year, starting all 16 games and recording four sacks. Injuries,though, have since left him short of that promise to the point he didn't play in 2015.
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