Strategy And Personnel

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FRANCHISE PLAYER
PK Matt Prater (tendered at $2.654 million).

TRANSITION PLAYER
None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--LS David Binn signed for the divisional playoff loss to New England after a family emergency kept Lonie Paxton from making the trip. The 40-year-old Binn had been out of football since being released by the Chargers on Aug. 30 of last year. Paxton will return, so Binn won't be back.

--LB Mario Haggan demonstrated his value in Week 12 at Minnesota, when he filled in for the injured Von Miller and scored on an interception return. He's a locker-room leader who can back up at both outside linebacker slots and defensive end, but no movement has been made to re-sign him in recent weeks.

--G/C Russ Hochstein started both of Denver's playoff games after right guard Chris Kuper suffered a fractured leg in Week 17. He's been the Broncos' steadiest backup offensive lineman the last three years, but the Broncos may look for younger backups than Hochstein, who turns 35 this year.

--DT Marcus Thomas was a more natural fit in John Fox's 4-3 defense than the 3-4 alignment used under Josh McDaniels from 2009-10, but went without a sack for the fourth time in five career seasons. He tested the market, and has publicly spoken of a desire to return to the Broncos.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

--DL Ryan McBean (tender of $1.26M with fourth-round pick as compensation withdrawn) transitioned from 3-4 end to 4-3 tackle and led all Broncos' defensive tackle in sacks (4.0), but faces a six-game suspension for violation of the league's PED policy. He has filed suit to contest the suspension.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--RB Lance Ball: ERFA; $540,000/1 yr.

--T Chris Clark: ERFA; $540,000/1 yr.

--P Britton Colquitt: ERFA; $540,000/1 yr.

--DE Jason Hunter: UFA; terms unknown.

--LB Joe Mays: UFA; $12M/3 yrs.

--C/G Manny Ramirez: UFA; terms unknown.

--WR Matt Willis: RFA tendered at $1.26M with no compensation); temrs unknown.

--LB Wesley Woodyard: UFA; $4M/2 yrs.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--S Mike Adams: UFA Browns; $4M/2 yrs.

--DT Justin Bannan: FA Rams; terms unknown.

--WR Andre Caldwell: UFA Bengals; $1.8M/2 yrs.

--OG C.J. Davis: FA; terms unknown.

--TE Joel Dreessen: UFA Texans; $8.5M/3 yrs.

--QB Caleb Hanie: UFA Bears; $1.25M/1 yr.

--WR Jason Hill: FA; terms unknown.

--QB Peyton Manning: FA Colts $96M/5 yrs, $18M guaranteed.

--CB Tracy Porter: UFA Saints; $4M/1 yr.

--WR Brandon Stokley: FA; terms unknown.

--TE Jacob Tamme: UFA Colts; $9M/3 yrs, $3.5M guaranteed.

PLAYERS LOST

--DT Brodrick Bunkley: UFA Saints; $25M/5 yrs, $9 Million guaranteed.

--S Brian Dawkins: UFA; retired.

--TE Daniel Fells: UFA Patriots; $5.25M/3 yrs, $2M guaranteed.

--CB Andre' Goodman (released).

--DE Derrick Harvey: UFA Bengals; terms unknown.

--LB Brian Iwuh (retired).

--FB Spencer Larsen: UFA Patriots; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

--QB Brady Quinn: UFA Chiefs; $1.5M/1 yr.

--TE Dante Rosario: UFA Chargers; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--WR Eddie Royal: UFA Chargers; $13.5M/3 yrs, $6M guaranteed.

--QB Tim Tebow (traded Jets).

--CB Jonathan Wilhite: UFA Bears; 1 yr, terms unknown.

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