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“We don’t have to sit there and reach for some guy because of a need. So, if we can get rid of really the absolute needs that we need to do in free agency, then that opens it up, we can fire free at the draft, take the best players,” he said.

If Moreno leaves, the Broncos have Montee Ball ready to step in as the featured back. He came on strong down the stretch, finishing the season with 120 carries for 561 yards and four touchdowns. Nearly a third of his carries moved the sticks, ranking third in the league and tops among rookies. His pass protection also vastly improved.

“We have high expectations out of Montee,” Elway said. “We’ll see how things flush out with Knowshon.”

Decker, who has 32 TD catches over the last three years, would be missed. But Manning has plenty of other targets and teammate Bubba Caldwell, another unrestricted free agent, could prove a cheaper alternative.

“This is an organization any player wants to come to,” Decker said. “They treat you first class, it’s a winning organization. They’ve built a culture that’s phenomenal. I would love to play here and unfortunately it isn’t something that’s always in my control.”

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