The Broncos have 18 players scheduled to become free agents in March and with a tough salary cap situation, Denver won’t be able to re-sign all of them. During his end-of-season press conference last week, general manager George Paton might have hinted that two starters could be leaving this offseason.
Paton was asked about the performance of the team’s 2023 rookie class and he said the team views cornerback Riley Moss as an NFL starter. He then said the “same” applies to linebacker Drew Sanders.
The team viewing Sanders is a starter is notable because Josey Jewell is set to hit free agency this spring.
“Big upside,” Paton said of Sanders. “He played inside, and he played outside. He started to come on late in year, and he was really good on special teams.”
Broncos center Lloyd Cushenberry is also scheduled to become a free agent and this is what Paton had to say about Alex Forsyth: “We feel he’s a starter in this league at center.”
Denver would not need to view Sanders and Forsyth as anything more than depth pieces if Jewell and Cushenberry both returned in 2024. While he did not directly say so, Paton seemed to hint that the Broncos are preparing for the possibility of Jewell and Cushenberry leaving the club in March.