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Broncos, Briefly: Friday, March 10, 2017


Broncos stick to their free-agency plan in opening hours]( (Jeff Legwold, ESPN)*
Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway has used words and phrases that include "value,'' "good decisions'' or "has to make sense'' when he's discussed free agency in recent weeks.*

Good news for those at the front of the Broncos’ nearly 75,000 season tickets wait list (Danika Worthington, Denver Post)*
Season-ticket holders who didn't attend any games during the 2016 season are getting the boot, opening up seats for people at the front of the nearly 75,000 deep waiting list — roughly the capacity of the Broncos' home stadium — for the first time in six years, Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth said in an e-mail. *

Broncos sign guard Leary to bolster offensive line (Cameron Wolfe, Denver Post)*
The Broncos made fixing their offensive line priority number one this off-season. They took the first step toward doing so Thursday by agreeing to terms with former Cowboys guard Ronald Leary. The Broncos announced the four-year deal shortly after the free agency period opened at 2 p.m. *

Campbell picks Jaguars over Broncos; Cowboys trying to trade Romo (Nicki Jhabvala, Denver Post)*
It was reported Wednesday that the team planned to release him Thursday afternoon. But the fluidity of free agency took the plan off course as the new NFL season approached. Instead of cutting their longtime quarterback, the Cowboys were reported to be searching for a trading partner. *

Okung to Chargers: Broncos still searching for a left tackle (Cameron Wolfe, Denver Post)*
Denver had interest in retaining Okung and made an offer to do so last week, but their offer did not come close to what the Chargers paid. The Broncos' offer was more in line with what they felt his play was worth based on production, but the market for left tackles became inflated due to the dearth of options on the free-agent market. *

Leary the new guard, lose out on Calais Campbell, await Romo (Mike Klis, 9News)*
With the opening of NFL free agency Tuesday, the Broncos' strategy was clearly to spend money to improve portions of their roster, but not to overspend to the point they hurt the overall composition of their team. *

Broncos to fortify offensive line by adding guard Leary (Jeff Legwold, ESPN)
The Cowboys gave him a second-round tender as a restricted free agent in 2016 and had some trade discussions during the draft and in training camp, but they opted to keep him. When Collins suffered a season-ending toe injury in Week 3, Leary stepped in and helped Ezekiel Elliott to the NFL rushing crown with 1,631 yards.

Broncos defensive back Webster receives interest from Rams, Dolphins, Eagles (Troy Renck, KMGH)*
Webster evolved into a special teams ace over the past two seasons. He excelled at pinning opponents on kick and punt returns. Webster has said on multiple occasions, he would love to stay with the Broncos. However, he is seeking more playing time, which, on the surface, is not available in Denver. *

Check out what's on

Free Agency Fits: How Leary helps the Broncos (Andrew Mason)
How might new Broncos guard Ronald Leary add to the offensive line group?

Broncos agree to terms with guard Leary (Aric DiLalla)
The Broncos began to beef up their offensive line with one of the top free-agent guards.

PHOTOS: Leary’s Cowboys career*
Take a look at photos of guard Ronald Leary's career in Dallas. *

Counting down the top 10 Broncos free-agent signings under John Elway (Andrew Mason)
Elway's 2012 signing of Peyton Manning remains a signature offseason event in Broncos history, but it's far from the only big March strike the Broncos' GM has made.

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