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Has the NFL free agency made Super Bowl 49 pointless?

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The Super Bowl is the be - all end - all of American Football.

It unites fans of every team to watch one match and it often divides opinions between the favourite, and that team who have made a really good run to the big time.

In 2014, the Super Bowl consisted of the two top teams in the NFL, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks and even though the Seahawks won more than a little comfortably no-one questioned the Broncos right to be there- except Richard Sherman.

Every year, at the start of the season every football pundit is asked who they think will make it to the Super Bowl and who will be the champions at the end?

Normally there is one outstanding favourite, several teams that could make a push and a lot of teams who haven't got a hope in hell of being there.

2015 will see Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona but is it a fore-gone conclusion?

Free Agency has now been going for a week and there are some teams who are starting to stand out as the big beneficiaries of the NFL's annual free for all.

In February, the football world was shocked by seeing an offense that had dominated the NFL all season limited to only eight points in the Super Bowl.

But that will certainly not be the Broncos last Super Bowl appearance and there are in fact many people who before free agency even began would have picked them to make it to next years match.

Now a week into free agency, the Broncos have aquired Aqib Talib from the New England Patriots, DeMarcus Ware from the Dallas Cowboys and T.J Ward from the Cleveland Browns to their defense.

Their acquisitions have more than covered the losses of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Wesley Woodyard and Jeremy Mincey who have all departed Denver this off-season.

Although they're not exact positional match-ups they are still additions that make the Broncos defense look a lot stronger than most others in the NFL.

They may have lost Eric Decker to the New York Jets but the signing of Emmanuel Sanders from the Pittsburgh Steelers means that they still have a three-man line-up at Wide Receiver which will worry any defense they come up against next season.

Needless to say, the Denver Broncos have added effectively and their main rivals- The Seattle Seahawks in the NFC and the New England Patriots in the AFC will surely have to add as effectively in order to compete next year.

It is hard to see past the Patriots as the main rival for the AFC Championship this season but if the new look Denver defense can make Bill Belichick's side look as ineffective as they did last season, then there is still a large gap to bridge.

So is it too far to say that Super Bowl XLIX has already gone to Denver?

In my opinion no, of course anything can still happen and there are always going to be surprises but its not too quick to say that Denver is the heavy favourite.

It will be interesting to see what the remainder of free agency and of course, the ever approaching draft will bring and how not only the Broncos, but their rivals will be looking to strengthen.

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