"[Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager] John [Elway]'s done a great job with this football team," Joseph told team employees during a Q&A session at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Wednesday. "We have cap room, we have nine draft picks this draft coming up here in a couple of months. Every year, he's made a splash with free agency. And he hasn't missed, so that’s going to be John's lead. I'm excited to follow John's lead in the free-agency process and hopefully we can get better before the draft."
"That's always important, to retain your guys," Joseph said. "Free agency's different. You're going to go out and sign a guy you don't know. That's tough. You didn’t draft him, you don't know his background. That part of the game, you've got to be careful about. If you've got a guy in your building who's been good for you, you want him back because you know the guy. You know his work ethic, you know his day-to-day attitude. That's important. You bring a stranger to your building, you have no idea who the guy is. He may be a great player, but he may be a problem day-to-day. So you've got to be careful of not retaining your own first before you look outside of your building."
Building a new roster isn't the only preparation Joseph is taking, however. He's also taking steps to implementing his leadership with the culture the team has in the locker room.
With a championship culture already in place, Joseph knows an overhaul isn't needed, but he can add his own touch to it.
"I think every year the culture changes on a football team," he added. "Players change, coaches change. So it can be a lot of different cultures that are positive for a football team. I want our football team to get back to just being hardworking, being engaged every day and being good guys. That's important also. Being a good teammate's important to me."