Broncos Notes: Phillips, Manning, Bailey

The Super Bowl is an emotional time, but no matter what, there will be a few key players leaving the Broncos (and Seahawks) after Sunday. Denver could be starting as many as nine players in the Super Bowl who are due to become free agents after the season, with a number of players who provide depth also hitting the market, writes Bill Barnwell of The injured Chris Harris, starting safety Duke Ihenacho, and return man Trindon Holliday are each restricted free agents and therefore likely to return, but many others – like veteran reclamation project Shaun Phillips – could be on their way out. Here’s more out of the AFC West..

  • Think it’s just Broncos fans that love Peyton Manning? How about the teammates that will see huge financial windfalls thanks to playing alongside him.’s Gregg Rosenthal writes that wide receiver Eric Decker, tight end Julius Thomas, and others will benefit in future deals from lining up in Manning’s offense.
  • If Champ Bailey wants to continue his legendary career, he’ll have to do so at a much lower salary next season, writes Joel Corry for Bailey is slated to make $10MM next season and have a $10MM salary cap number, figures that are much to high for what the 34-year-old cornerback is at this stage of his career.
  • Earlier today, we learned that the Broncos don’t expect to re-sign Knowshon Moreno.
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