Broncos free agency tracker: Follow along as NFL free agency begins

Welcome to NFL free agency.

The league’s two-day negotiating window opens at 10 a.m. Monday and runs through the official start of the new league year at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

During this time, the Broncos and other NFL clubs can negotiate directly with unrestricted free agents and agree to, but not formally sign, new contracts. Deals can be formalized once the new league year starts.

The Broncos have plenty of work to do, with 17 unrestricted free agents set to hit the market and a trio of veterans released Friday to create cap space.

Denver enters free agency with, according to Over the Cap data, around $32.56 million in salary cap space to work with. That’s seventh-most in the NFL. When taking into consideration the small pool the Broncos will likely need to sign a draft class devoid of picks in the first two rounds, only Chicago, Atlanta and Las Vegas enter free agency with more room to work with than George Paton, Sean Payton and the Broncos’ front office.

Follow along with this updating blog for all of the latest in Broncos free agency news.

First, a couple of quick hitters:

What are the Broncos’ positions of need?

Offensive line leads the pack. Denver has five free agents up front and also cut Glasgow. They could swing big on one of several accomplished right tackles who are on the market, but they will also need to fill out depth on the interior as well.

Denver also has needs at running back and tight end and may explore the market at receiver, as well.

Defensively, the Broncos may well lose defensive end Dre’Mont Jones, who is expected to have a robust market. They’ll be looking for defensive line help and could also look to edge, inside linebacker (Alex Singleton or somebody else), and both corner and safety. Essentially any spot on defense is in the realm of possibility, though front-line help figures to be near the top of the list.

How much salary cap space does Denver have?

The Broncos cleared more than $26 million in 2023 space on Friday by releasing OL Graham Glasgow, CB Ronald Darby and RB Chase Edmonds. They can clear substantially more if needed by restructuring contracts. As of Monday morning, Denver has approximately $32.56 million in cap space.


10:37 a.m.: The Baltimore Ravens announced they cut defensive end and Denver South graduate Calais Campbell. The 36-year-old has 99 career sacks over his 15-year NFL career. Campbell, a Denver native, spent nine years in Arizona, three in Jacksonville and the past three in Baltimore. The six-time Pro Bowler is one of the best players to ever hail from Colorado.

9:40 a.m.: The NFL Network reports Seattle is planning to release veteran defensive lineman Shelby Harris to save about $9 million against its salary cap. Harris, of course, played for the Broncos for five seasons before going to the Seahawks as part of the trade for Russell Wilson a year ago. He played in 75 games for Denver, logging 21.5 of his 24.5 career sacks in that stretch from 2017-21.

9:25 a.m. – The Broncos do not plan on tendering restricted free agent and backup quarterback Brett Rypien, meaning he will become a free agent, a source confirmed to The Post.

The move doesn’t preclude Rypien from returning to Denver, but the Broncos chose not to offer him the minimum of $2.627 million for the right to match offers from other teams.

At that price tag, Denver is unlikely to tender its other restricted free agents: CB Essang Bassey, S P.J. Locke and LS Jacob Bobenmoyer.

Who are the Broncos’ outgoing free agents?

NamePosition2023 teamContract
Alex SingletonILB
Andrew BeckTE
Billy TurnerOT
Calvin AndersonOT
Cam FlemingOT
Dakota AllenILB
Dalton RisnerOG
Darius PhillipsCB
DeShawn WilliamsDL
Dre’Mont JonesDL
Eric SaubertTE
Eric TomlinsonTE
Kareem JacksonS
Latavius MurrayRB
Marlon MackRB
Mike BooneRB
Tom ComptonOT
Chase EdmondsRB
Graham GlasgowOG
Ronald DarbyCB

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