The Denver Broncos have started their rebuilding plans by putting several starters on tender including a first-round tender on wide receiver Brandon Marshall who set an NFL record in 2009 by catching 21 passes for 200 yards including two touchdowns against Indianapolis.
Others on first round tender include linebacker Elvis Dumervil who had a career high 17 sacks, starting quarterback Kyle Orton acquired from Chicago in the Jay Cutler trade and big right guard Chris Kuper.
Dumervil also has a third-round tender attaching making him even more costly to acquire.
For those not familiar with the tender terminology it basically means that any team offering a contract to these players would have to give up a 1st round draft pick (or a 1st and a 3rd in Dumervil’s case). Additionally Denver would still have the right to match any contract offer should they choose.
After 2 consecutive seasons where Denver have started well before snatching failure from the jaws of success this plan of action does not come as a major surprise.
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