by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/14/14) The Broncos gave defensive back Aqib Talib a massive six-year, $57 million contract in free agency, but have an out if things don't go well in the first year. According to USA TODAY Sports, just the first $11.5 million of Talib's contract is fully guaranteed, so the team could get out of the contract with just a $4 million cap hit in 2015.
Talib's deal also includes $13 million in combined base salaries for 2015 and 2016, however they are only guaranteed in the event of injury. He is scheduled to make an extra $500,000 in 2014 if he plays all 16 games, something he has yet to do in his NFL career.
Broncos pull off stunner, sign Aqib Talib
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/11/14) The Broncos' defense proved their undoing last season, so they have set about rebuilding the unit in free agency. The Broncos signed defensive back Aqib Talib to a six-year deal worth $57 million according to ESPN.com Tuesday, with $26 million in guaranteed money.
Talib has enjoyed a career resurgence in two years with the Patriots, finishing 2013 with four interceptions and 41 tackles in 13 games en route to a Pro Bowl selection.
Ware was only notified by the team of his impending release Tuesday, given his $16 million salary cap hit for the 2014 season. The process is moving quickly for the 31-year-old, seven-time Pro Bowler, despite recording just six sacks last season, the lowest total of his career.
Broncos sign T.J. Ward
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/11/14) The Broncos have signed free agent safety T.J. Ward, reports ESPN. The deal is worth an average of $5.5 million a year.
Ward made over 100 tackles in two of his four seasons with the Browns.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Broncos working on deal
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/28/14) The Broncos and representatives for free agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie met at the NFL scouting combine, reports FOX Sports.
The report says Rodgers-Cromartie is valued as the team's top priority. While a deal for the veteran cornerback isn't imminent, the sides have agreed to keep in touch in the coming weeks.
Rodgers-Cromartie, 27, signed a one-year $5 million deal with the Broncos last offseason after playing two years in Philadelphia.
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The Broncos DST was among the best in all leagues in 2012, and the unit should continue to dominate this year. The Broncos have a standout pass rusher in Von Miller and a ballhawking secondary that accounted for 16 interceptions. The Broncos DST also scored eight touchdowns, with two coming on special teams from Trindon Holliday, and they were among the league leaders at just 18 points per game on average. The best thing about the Broncos DST is their schedule since they get six games against rebuilding offenses in Kansas City, San Diego and Oakland. We consider the Broncos DST a No. 1 option, and they are worth drafting as the top unit in all leagues with a pick beginning in Round 11 or 12. (Updated 4/25/13)