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Broncos Free Agency Tracker: Where things stand as Sean Payton and George Paton enter free agency

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March 7, 2023

The Denver Broncos have their coaching staff. The NFL Combine is in the rearview mirror. Next up, NFL free agency.

On Monday Mar. 13 at 10 a.m. MT, the NFL’s legal tampering period opens, meaning teams can agree to contracts with free agents. On Wednesday, Mar. 15 at 2 p.m. MT, free agents can actually sign those contracts and officially join teams as the new league year begins.

But the Broncos can get to work before either of those two dates. If they want, Sean Payton and George Paton can negotiate and sign contracts with their own impending free agents before those windows open up. Additionally, the teams can place tenders on their RFAs and ERFAs.

Here’s the latest with the Broncos’ free agency and where the team stands.

Most recent updates

Friday, Mar. 10

  • On Friday, by moving on from Graham Glasgow, Ronald Darby and Chase Edmonds, the Broncos freed up nearly $27 million in cap space. Entering the weekend, the team has roughly $37 million in cap space.
  • The Broncos released Graham Glasgow. The move saved Denver $11 million in cap space with $3 million in dead money. Glasgow signed a four-year, $44 million deal with Denver in 2020. He played in 37 total games for the Broncos on the interior of their offensive line.
  • Denver released Ronald Darby. Moving on from the veteran cornerback saved the Broncos $9.7 million in cap space while only taking on $3 million in dead cap. Darby signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Broncos in 2021. He started a combined 16 games over the previous two seasons in Denver.
  • The Broncos released Chase Edmonds. The move frees up $5.92 million in cap space for the Broncos with no dead money. Denver acquired Edmonds from the Dolphins in the Bradley Chubb trade last year.

Tuesday, Mar. 7

  • Denver signed receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey. Humphrey played under Sean Payton with the Saints in 2019-2021 before signing with the Patriots in 2022. He has 18 career receptions for 315 yards and three TDs. He was an undrafted free agent out of Texas in 2019.
  • The Broncos officially did not franchise tag Dre’Mont Jones. By not placing the tag on Jones, it is now a higher possibility he signs with a different team when free agency begins. The Broncos can still negotiate with him.

Other updates

  • As of Mar. 6, the Broncos have just under $10 million in salary cap space, according to Spotrac.
  • The Broncos are not expected to franchise tag Dre’Mont Jones by the Mar. 7 deadline. Additionally, Jones is expected to hit the open market, which will likely make it more difficult for the Broncos to re-sign him. During the NFL Combine, George Paton said the team had had “very positive” talks with Jones’ side. Albert Breer reported Jones “probably won’t get $20 million per year, but they might not be far off.”
  • Dalton Risner is also expected to test the free agent market along with Jones.
  • Running back Kareem Hunt “is said to be a target for Denver” in free agency.

Signed free agents

  • WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey

Impending unrestricted free agents

Re-signed

  • No activity yet.

Signed by a different team

  • No activity yet.

Unsigned

  • DE Dre’Mont Jones
  • OG Dalton Risner
  • ILB Alex Singleton
  • S Kareem Jackson
  • DE DeShawn Williams
  • RB Latavius Murray
  • OT Calvin Anderson
  • OT Billy Turner
  • FB Andrew Beck
  • TE Eric Saubert
  • RB Mike Boone
  • OT Tom Compton
  • TE Eric Tomlinson
  • OT Cameron Fleming
  • CB Darius Phillips
  • RB Marlon Mack
  • LB Dakota Allen

Restricted free agents

Tendered

  • No activity yet.

Not tendered

  • QB Brett Rypien
  • S P.J. Locke
  • CB Essang Bassey
  • LS Jacob Bobenmoyer

Exclusive rights free agents

Tendered

  • No activity yet.

Not tendered

  • ILB Jonas Griffith
  • OLB Jonathan Kongbo
  • P Corliss Waitman

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