First 48 hours of free agency transformed 15 NFL teams
March 14, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The first 48 hours of NFL free agency ended at 4 p.m. ET Thursday. Here are 15 teams that underwent various stages of transformation — for better or worse. (Note: All salary data obtained by USA TODAY Sports unless otherwise noted.)
Coming off a lopsided loss in Super Bowl XLVIII, GM John Elway made a clear commitment to upgrading the AFC champs' defense, signing ex-Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware (three years, $30 million, $20 million in guarantees), ex-Cleveland Browns S T.J. Ward (four years, $22.5M, $13.5M in guarantees) and ex-New England Patriots CB Aqib Talib (six years, $57M, $25.5M in guarantees). The Broncos also lost two starters — WR Eric Decker (five years, $36.25M, $15M in guarantees to the New York Jets) and G Zane Beadles (five years, $30M, $12.5M in guarantees to the Jacksonville Jaguars) — with the likes of DE Shaun Phillips, DE Robert Ayers, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and RB Knowshon Moreno still unsigned. But a team that set offensive records in 2013 sure looks more dangerous on the other side of the ball.