The resurgence of Broncos football is not only being felt in the Rocky Mountain region.
It's resounding throughout the NFL, as a contingent of sought-after free agents have already chosen Denver as their destination to compete for a championship -- and their former teammates certainly aren't faulting their decisions.
"Just coming from the teams I've been on and still being in contact with those guys, they are all saying the same thing: 'You guys are stacked over there,'" newly signed cornerback
Rodgers-Cromartie is part of the lengthy lineup of free agents who have signed with Denver since
Manning and Rodgers-Cromartie have been joined by
"They came here to win, they came here to compete, they came here to get a role on a potentially great team," safety
Free agents like Manning, Tamme, Dreessen and Adams were key factors to the Broncos' successes in the 2012 season, and as the Broncos have added more talent to an already talented roster, Denver's perception as being one of the most desirable places to play has only risen.
"I kind of figured that on the visit just getting a feel for coaches and how they were talking and just looking at where they came from last year, the things they did and how they are rising and building," Rodgers-Cromartie said in reference to how the opportunity to win influenced his decision. "I just wanted to come here and try to be a part of it."
Each passing addition has also caused expectation levels to rise from already Rocky Mountain heights.
"I feel like the guys definitely think it's a great place to be," Bruton said. "Just how the organization is run and how the guys who were already here, myself included, we know what it's like. We have a taste in our mouths of what we have to do to get to a certain point, but we know that what we did last year is not enough, so we always push more and more."
Ultimately, it's a contingent of players who are united in their abilities to contribute -- and in their unyielding hunger for a Super Bowl.
"I think everybody that is coming in, you can put our heads together as far as just experience and what we know from the game and try to get with everybody else, try to get what they know from the game, help out each other and just go out and compete every day," Rodgers-Cromartie said.