Let's face it, it's a problem every football team has to face at the end of the season, FREE AGENCY! For some teams it hurts a little bit more than others. For my Broncos, this is gonna be a rough ride. According to Sportrac.com the orange and blue have 20 free agents that need to be dealt with before next season begins. Some of those 20 free agents include Demaryius Thomas, Terrance Knighton, Orlando Franklin, Julius Thomas, Brandon Marshall and a slew of other players that had an impact for the Broncos on both sides of the ball.
So why am I being a bit snarky with the "BYE FELICIA" counter? It stems from an article I read today on Mile High Report about Julius Thomas moving on (if you are reading my stupid blog, over their awesome comprehensive Broncos analysis, I weep for you). The gist of it being will Julius give the Broncos a "home team discount" for re-signing with the Broncos? The general consensus seems to be nope, and he'll be moving on.
As fans we become attached to players who don our sacred uniform. The orange and blue is near and dear to our heart. Why would a player EVER, EVER, EVER want to wear something else. I felt this way about Zane Beadles last year leaving to get paid 30M by the Jaguars. You get defensive. Sometimes you forget this is a persons career. They need to get paid and their bodies aren't going to be able to take the abuse forever. Each snap of the ball could be their last.
With that rationalization aside, I still am going to be defensive. With the Broncos front office bringing in a new / old coaching staff to help elevate the organization to "WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS", whats wrong with signing a "home team discount" and being part of something special? You know, LIKE A FREAKING SUPER BOWL WITH PEYTON MANNING...you know the guy who helped make your career.
Every player has different circumstances. As fans we never truly know what goes on behind the orange and blue curtain. It's in the best interest of the organization and the fans to have players who want to be here, and are happy with the decisions that they make in regards to their contract. That being said, let the "BYE FELICIA" counter begin and have a little fun keeping track of who stays, and who leaves the "Golden Corral"
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