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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Denver free agency primer

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Over the course of the next few hours we are going to take a final pre-free agency look at what may be expected from each team. We'll go in alphabetical order beginning with the Broncos.

Denver Broncos

Salary cap situation: Very strong. Denver cut five defensive starters and will have copious salary cap room. They should be able to do whatever they want in free agency. But the team is cash cautious so don't expect any huge signing bonuses being thrown around this year in the wake of several bad deals in recent years.

Needs: Defensive tackle, linebacker, defensive end, safety, cornerback, receiver depth, running back.

Possible targets: Atlanta defensive tackle Grady Jackson; St. Louis cornerback Ronald Bartell; Pittsburgh cornerback Bryant McFadden; free agent safety Gibril Wilson; Giants running back Derrick Ward.

Biggest possible departures: Defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban; Linebacker Nate Webster

How active will they be?: The Broncos are going to be very active. They will need about six new defensive starters so expect them to compile several defensive players in free agency.