The Denver Broncos have already had a big off-season as they have secured atleast one more season with their future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.
They have lost wide receiver Wes Welker and tight end Julius Thomas who left in free agency to go to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
DeMaryius Thomas received the franchise tag from the Broncos and could be set to cause the team another challenge next year.
Head coach John Fox parted ways with the franchise and new head coach Gary Kubiak has come in and seems to be making the right moves in Denver so far.
Kubiak has however made a big claim about Manning for next season and it will be interesting to see if it comes true.
Manning suffered a serious injury last season and it really impeded his game time which in turn hindered the Broncos success.
Away from the injury however, Manning was often accused of slowing down with some even questioning if he was able to perform at his usual high standards any more?
Well ahead of another season, new Broncos head coach Kubiak has made the fairly big claim that Manning could be on bench at times next year.
"I think as a coach you have to make those suggestions to players..... sometimes with the great ones, the reason they're great is you have to battle them on things like that" - Gary Kubiak on Manning being benched
At times last season, back up quarterback Brock Osweiler would take to the field for the Broncos but his snaps would largely be handed off to runningback C.J. Anderson.
Not hinting at the end of Manning or that the Broncos are searching for his replacement, but a big claim none the less.
The Broncos are clearly heading into a new era where they will no longer have three great receivers to count on.
They may not be able to rely upon their offense to steam roll teams any more but they will surely find a way to return to the post-season.
Their nearest divisional rivals would be the Kansas City Chiefs or San Diego Chargers who both appear to still be a long way off competing with the Broncos over a full season.
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