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Broncos, Briefly: Monday, March 11, 2019

As usual, a horde of free agents, including 18 from the Broncos, are available. The Broncos should emphasize a quartet that includes a cornerback and a safety, and two offensive linemen or one and an inside linebacker.

**Broncos free agency: Position by position outlook** (Ryan O'Halloran, The Denver Post)

The Broncos have been busy. They have changed quarterbacks (Joe Flacco is in and Case Keenum is out) and waved so long to three defensive starters: safety Darian Stewart, linebacker Brandon Marshall and nose tackle Domata Peko) ahead of Wednesday's start of the league year.

Things get really busy starting Monday when the free-agent negotiating period begins. Players can be signed starting Wednesday. Here is a position-by-position at where the Broncos stand.

Offensive line is one area the Broncos will address, but it won't be the only. Cornerback/safety is a priority. Tight end and receiver are also expected to draw attention from general manager John Elway.

The first wave of players to sign will be critical for the Broncos, who need difference-makers, not back-of-the-depth-chart additions. Elway's modus operandi has been to secure a big addition in the opening hours of the market.

Evaluating this trade in a vacuum, it's difficult to find an argumentagainstthe Raiders making the move. The draft pick compensation is a drop in the bucket for a team with three first-round picks, as new general manager Mike Mayock did well to resist Pittsburgh's attempts to negotiate for a first-round pick through the media.

Quite a weekend. A trade that wasn't, a monster trade, a wedding, a contract that is a palindrome, anticipating a poor man's free-agency period, and wondering what will happen on the most anticipated pro day of this year.

I like looking for players who are a little under the radar when it comes to most rankings of the top free agents, guys down lower on the list. Usually age is a factor as I look for rising players – or some who have been impacted by injury yet are still capable of being quality starters.

In order to ensure the 32 teams remain money-making machines — and can compete for that Super Bowl bauble — there must be a collective bargaining agreement with the players' union. For two commissioners, Pete Rozelle (1960-89) and Roger Goodell (2006-present), that has proven a difficult challenge.

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