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Denver's Free-Agent Options

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Peyton Manning will likely hand the ball off to Ronnie Hillman more in 2013. Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images.
Peyton Manning will likely hand the ball off to Ronnie Hillman more in 2013. Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images.

It will be nearly impossible for the Denver Broncos to make a splash like they did last season during free agency when they lured Peyton Manning to Mile High, but they will still be looking to improve their squad this offseason.

Here are some positions they will likely focus on:

Running Back

Willis McGahee is 31 years old and 2012’s season-ending torn MLC injury might be a sign of things to come.

Knowshon Moreno came out of nowhere and did a great job replacing McGahee, but Moreno hasn’t exactly been consistent throughout his career.

Ronnie Hillman is a nice running back, but is just 21 years old and is undersized.

Don’t be surprised if the Broncos go after someone like Danny Woodhead or Chris Ivory.

Linebacker

The Broncos are letting veteran Keith Brooking walk via free agency and Joe Mays is coming off a season-ending ankle injury, so it would appear as Denver may target a middle linebacker.

Early reports are that the team is planning on having Nate Irving and Steve Johnson fight for the job, but it wouldn’t shock anyone if the team went out and added depth at the position.

Rey Maualuga is set to be a free agent and has improved each year in the league with the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s had weight issue in the past, but can be very productive when he’s at the top of his game.

Defensive Back

The way the season ended for the Broncos wasn’t pretty. Defensive backs ­­­­Rahim Moore and Tony Carter misjudged a ball that was caught by Baltimore’s ­­­­Jacoby Jones for a touchdown, which in essence, ended Denver’s season.

The team has a nice core of players in the secondary led by Champ Bailey and Tracy Porter, but with the running game becoming almost non-existent in some offenses, the more defensive backs the better.

Derek Cox has been riddled by injury during his time in Jacksonville, but is still talented and is just 26 years old. He could be a player that interests Denver.

­­The Jim Leonhard experiment didn’t go all that well for either side. While it may be far-fetched, it wouldn’t be a total shocker if the Broncos made a run at Charles Woodson or Ed Reed. Both players will only play for Super Bowl contenders, and as long as  Manning is the quarterback, that’s exactly what the Denver Broncos will be.