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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Denver hopes to avoid recent mistakes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

After cutting seven players, including five defensive starters in the past two days, Denver is clearly preparing for free agency where it is has more than $25 million in functional salary-cap room.

Denver will likely try to get multiple defensive starters in free agency.

The new Denver regime, coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Brian Xanders, need to learn from the past several offseasons of the Mike Shanahan era. The Broncos made several major free agent and trade mistakes in the final few years of Shanahan's tenure. If the Broncos, who were 24-24 the past three seasons, are going to turn around their fortunes quickly under McDaniels and Xanders, they need to avoid the mistakes that have been made in recent seasons in Denver.

Here is a list of some of the big-name, little-impact players the Broncos swung and missed on:

Dre' Bly

Travis Henry

Dewayne Robertson

Javon Walker

Gerard Warren