Broncos boss John Elway earned his reputation as a closer, primarily for landing quarterback Peyton Manning in free agency.
But he’s going to have plenty of work to do this offseason to maintain that image.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Broncos have tabled contract talks with both wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas, as both play out their contracts this season.
They’ve negotiated with both players, but with no resolution imminent, have decided to wait until the offseason.
That’s a bold play, considering they’d have to get at least one of them done to be able use the franchise tag on the other, and both sides know that.
There’s also the small matter of wide receiver Wes Welker’s expiring deal, but he won’t be nearly as expensive or difficult to reach or replace.
It’s a risky hand of cards, but Elway plays at the high stakes table, and is used to winning.