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Forbes says business good for Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Peyton Manning and a Super Bowl trip were good for the Denver Broncos' business.

The Broncos checked in at No. 11 in Forbes’ NFL Team Values at $1.45 billion. The Broncos were 13th in last year’s rankings with a listed value of 1.161 billion by the magazine.

The Broncos and other franchises have, at times, disputed the rankings in past years, but Forbes put the Broncos’ revenues at $301 million with an operating income of $30.7 million.

The Broncos, Patriots (No. 2), Houston Texans (No. 5), New York Jets (No. 6) and the Baltimore Ravens (No. 10) were the only AFC teams in the top 11 and the Broncos were the only AFC West team ranked above No. 24. The Kansas City Chiefs were No. 24, the San Diego Chargers were No. 26 and the Oakland Raiders were No. 28. It does show the Broncos’ position of strength at least in teams of available cash on hand when it comes to signing free agents.

The Broncos were particularly active this past March when they signed DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward and Emmanuel Sanders.

The Dallas Cowboys, who haven't made the playoffs since 2009, were ranked No. 1 in franchise value at $3.2 billion. Forbes listed the average NFL franchise as worth an all-time high of $1.43 billion, which is 23 percent more than a year ago.