John Elway has busy week ahead
As the Broncos try to turn the page on their 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII and reset themselves in order to make another run to the title game, Elway will move ahead with some of the bigger items on the Broncos' to-do list.
Elway will meet with Bob LaMonte, the agent for Broncos coach John Fox, at the NFL scouting combine in the coming days. Fox, who is 34-14 in regular-season games with three AFC West titles and a Super Bowl trip, is set to enter the final year of his original four-year deal with the Broncos in 2011.
"I want to get him done," Elway said Friday at the combine. "I'm going to sit down with his agent while I'm here, sit down with him and see where we come out."
Asked if he liked where the team was headed, despite the dismal loss in the title game, Elway said he was, but was also hoping for more as Fox works through a new deal.
"He's done a nice job, I think you look at three AFC West championships, there's a lot to that, but there's also a lot to the expectations of we've got to continue what we're doing. So that's what we're going to talk about."
Elway also said he will sit down with cornerback Champ Bailey before free agency opens on March 11 to discuss what Bailey is amenable to in the coming season. After playing in just five regular-season games because of a foot injury, Bailey is entering the final year of his deal and carries a $10 million salary cap figure for 2014.
That is currently the second-highest on the team, behind only quarterback Peyton Manning's $17.5 million cap figure for the coming season. Bailey, who has played 10 seasons for the Broncos since the 2004 trade that brought him from the Redskins, will turn 36 in June.
"Yeah, we're still in the process of talking about that," Elway said. "I'm going to sit down with Champ first and find out what he wants to do and go from there."
Elway added Manning is expected to visit with doctors in Denver next week to evaluate his neck fusion. Manning has said repeatedly he plans on playing in 2014 unless the doctors tell him not to. He had a similar exam following the 2012 season.
"He should be fine," Elway said.
And Elway said he expects all of the Broncos' unrestricted free agents, including running back Knowshon Moreno, wide receiver Eric Decker and linebacker Wesley Woodyard, to test the market before considering if they would re-sign with the team.
Elway said Decker, in particular, will see what his value is elsewhere. Especially with tight end Julius Thomas and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, as well as wide receiver Wes Welker, up for free agency after the 2014 season.
"I think they have to hit the market, the market sets those, especially where you look where we are and what we have coming up," Elway said. "Both Thomas' are up next year. And Wes is, too. So all that plays into it. We'd love to have Eric back, but he's made he comment he's like to be back. He's got to do what's best for Eric, too, and vice versa. That's why we go through this process."
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