According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Denver Broncos are not expected to be able to re-sign running back Knowshon Moreno this offseason.
Moreno has been one of the best running backs in the NFL this season and appears to have played his way out of the price range for the Broncos. Denver will play in the Super Bowl this coming Sunday night and the ability to compete could help them have a chance to re-sign Moreno, but it certainly isn’t a good chance.
Moreno played in all 16 regular season games for the Denver Broncos this past season, carrying the football 241 times for a total of 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns. In the postseason, he has gained 141 yards on 37 carries to go along with a touchdown. Obviously this has been the best season of his career, and he will be a highly sought after player on the free agent running back market.
All that being said, the Broncos are expected to be just fine even if they don’t bring Moreno back next season. While he did have a great year, he hadn’t done anything with his career until Peyton Manning arrived in Denver. The Broncos have a very good running back to replace him in Montee Ball and a solid backup in Ronnie Hillman.
While the production from this past season will certainly be missed, the Broncos will be just fine without Moreno. It will be very interesting to see what team chooses to go out and make the pursuit of him. It will be even more interesting to keep an eye on how he performs with a new team and whether or not he is able to keep his career on the upward swing.