Broncos rather silent in free agency so far

The Denver Broncos have been rather silent so far in free agency

as they wait on word from Peyton Manning.

With needs to fill and money to spend – approximately $40

million of cap space – they’ve pretty much taken a wait-and-see

approach as their top prize weighs his options.

The competition for Manning has only intensified in recent days

as Arizona, Miami and Tennessee have all expressed interest in the

only four-time NFL MVP in league history. Manning spent Wednesday

in meetings with Titans executives.

And while other teams are making moves to bolster their rosters,

the Broncos are biding their time.

The secondary could be an area of concentration for the Broncos,

especially with perennial Pro Bowler Brian Dawkins -an unrestricted

free agent – on the fence about whether he may return to the field

for a 17th season or call it a career. The 38-year-old Dawkins

missed most of the last month and both of Denver’s playoff games

with a neck injury.

Without Dawkins, the Broncos are lean on experience at safety.

They may bring in a veteran presence to mentor young safeties

Quinton Carter and Rahim Moore, who both saw significant action as

rookies last season.

On the docket for a visit is defensive back Mike Adams, who sent

out a tweet saying as much. Adams had three interceptions and a

forced fumble for the Cleveland Browns last season. Safety Brandon

Meriweather could be on Denver’s wish list as well, since he

reportedly visited the team this week.

Meriweather was with the Chicago Bears last season, but was

benched in October after making four starts. He also played four

years with the New England Patriots, where he was a two-time Pro

Bowler and had 12 interceptions.

Although free agency is still in the early stages, the Broncos

have yet to make a splashy entrance.

But that could change in a hurry.

At the top of their wish list is, of course, Manning.

Once the Indianapolis Colts decided to sever ties with Manning

last week rather than pay a $28 million bonus that was due, the

Broncos quickly stepped in and rolled out the red carpet. He was

flown in on a chartered plane and met with Broncos vice president

of football operations and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway,

along with coach John Fox, for nearly six hours last Friday.

Should the Broncos land Manning, it could open the floodgates

for even more free agents, since others are sure to follow No. 18

to the Mile High City.

To date, the Broncos’ biggest offseason move was placing the

franchise tag on kicker Matt Prater, who was a clutch performer

down the stretch in 2011 with four game-winning field goals.

Prater had three straight weeks in which he kicked the winner on

the game’s final play, helping Tim Tebow and the Broncos go on a

six-game winning streak that propelled them into the playoffs for

the first time in six seasons.

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