Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno had his best season to date, surpassing 1,500 all-purpose yards and scoring 13 total touchdowns leading up to his first Super Bowl appearance. Moreno returns to his home state for Super Bowl XLVIII, but it could be his last game in a blue and orange uniform. Knowshon was the topic of discussion on NFL Network today as experts speculated on Moreno’s future with the Denver Broncos.
Moreno entered the regular season at the bottom of the Broncos depth chart, even fantasy football owners passed on him in almost every round during their drafts. It didn’t take long for him to take the reigns at the running back position as he started every game since the opener against the Ravens. 13 touchdowns and 1,586 total yards later, Moreno made the most out of a contract year.
Moreno will play his last game under his current contract with the Broncos on Super Bowl Sunday, whether he returns to Denver next season is totally up to him. Moreno becomes a free agent and is expected to at least dip his toes into the market as one of the premier running backs available. Considering his phenomenal year and Super Bowl appearance, a big time payday could be in store for Moreno, a payday that the Broncos may not be able to give him.
In order to stay under 2014’s $126 million cap, the Broncos will have to make some sacrifices. If Moreno walks, the Broncos will call on Montee Ball, currently a rookie, to pick up the slack. Ball made a lot of rookie mistakes early on, but has responded brilliantly and has proved to be a valuable back up; making his case to become the Denver Broncos featured back.
Other key free agents the Broncos need to worry about resigning are wide receiver Eric Decker, who accumulated 1,288 yards and 11 touchdown catches, offensive lineman Zane Beadles and 14 other players on the current roster.