The exodus has begun in Denver as the NFL Champions see major contributors leaving for lucrative deals with other teams. They recently lost defensive lineman Malik Jackson to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team has given Jackson quarterback money, a six-year; $90 million deal that was about $4 million above what the Broncos had available to retain him.
Winning the Super Bowl has the effect of making players seem more valuable and Jackson is just one of the defectors. Linebacker Danny Trevathan will likely get a big raise in pay going to another team, possibly the Chicago Bears, where former Denver coach John Fox is familiar with Trevathan’s abilities, or the Atlanta Falcons.
Malik Jackson is not the first marquee player the Broncos have lost to the Jaguars. Jacksonville poached tight end Julius Thomas before last season and the Broncos were left with a gaping hole at the position that they have struggled unsuccessfully to plug with journeymen Owen Daniels and Vernon Davis.
The Broncos are still attempting to reach terms with Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and have applied the franchise tag designation to him in order to prevent other teams from escalating his value. They are trying to strike a deal with backup quarterback Brock Osweiler, who despite limited playing experience and unproven abilities, is seeking compensation north of $14 million per season, a ludicrous amount given Osweiler’s credentials, but one other less successful, quarterback starved NFL franchises will gladly pay if for no other reason than to deprive Denver of his services.