The time has come to protect the restricted free agents before all hell breaks loose on Thursday.
According to Troy Renck of Denver7, the Denver Broncos are expected to place a second-round tender on both McManus and Davis.
Essentially, what this does is ward off any teams that would try to poach either player from the Broncos, as it would cost them a second-round pick in addition to the offer sheet they propose to sign the RFA. Also, after an offer is made by the team trying to sign the restricted free agent, the original team gets a week to decide whether or not they would like to match the offer sheet in order to re-sign the RFA, or receive the pick as compensation and allow the player to walk.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... The most notable example of this process in recent history came last year, when the Miami Dolphins attempted to pluck then-RFA C.J. Anderson off of the Broncos roster. Denver had tendered Anderson with the lowest possible option, and since C.J. was originally undrafted, that meant the Broncos would get zero compensation should he leave.
Sure enough, Anderson signed a four-year, $18 million offer sheet with the Dolphins, and Denver ended up matching the robust offer sheet at the eleventh hour to keep some semblance of the offense that had just done enough to win the Super Bowl just a month earlier.
This year, it looks like the Broncos have learned their lesson and will use the second-round tender.
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