Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway and quarterback Peyton Manning (18) after the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Elway: We are not mortgaging our future

The third time might be the charm for John Elway and the Denver Broncos. For the last two years, Denver has made some big moves in free agency starting with Peyton Manning in 2012. Last year they signed Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Louis Vasquez.

This year, the team once again dipped into owner Pat Bowlen’s wallet with the signing of DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib.

With some major contracts coming up for renewal in wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas, some have reasoned that the Broncos will be in win or bust mode this season. General manager John Elway tried to put those rumors to bed recently by saying that he is building a team that can win for years to come.


“I think that the bottom line is that we’re not doing anything to mortgage our future,” said Elway. “I’ve always said that everyone keeps talking about, ‘Well, you’re doing this to win now.’ I say, ‘No, we’re doing this to win now on.’ That’s what we’re doing. We’re not mortgaging our future. We had some cap room this year and we had some cash available and we’re able to get in the bidding for these top free agents.”


Throughout the offseason, Elway has said he will see what the market sets the value at for the team’s own free agents. It seems that at the same time he didn’t mind setting the market for other team’s free agents though.

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