Ever since Peyton Manning had major neck surgery, he’s taken the offseason to figure out if he’s healthy enough for another season. He’s been checked out by doctors and it appears he’s ready to play another season for the Denver Broncos.
Fans were worried about Peyton’s health after he struggled with velocity late in the season. I even wondered if he had enough left in the tank. It turned out that he was dealing with a significant thigh injury.
Denver has other issues going into next season. Many of Peyton’s targets are now free agents. Can Denver afford to sign them all?
Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker are all currently free agents. They don’t have the cap space to sign them all. They will need to decide which one they need to the most and likely move on to cheaper options. Denver would need to be creative with the salary cap to be able to keep two of them. In that scenario, Welker would be the odd man out.
DeMarcus Ware and T.J. Ward are two of the handful of players that could end up elsewhere if Denver can reach a deal with both Demaryius and Julius Thomas.
The most likely scenario would be Denver putting a franchise tag on Demaryius Thomas and letting Julius Thomas walk. Manning would be without his security blanket at tight end.
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.