As the Road to MetLife Stadium comes to and end this Sunday, one player could be playing his last game with his respective team. Running back Knowshon Moreno with the Denver Broncos. Moreno is headed for free agency this offseason and it appears unless he wants to play for a highly discounted salary, he won’t return to the Mile High City next year.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported yesterday that Denver, a cash-strapped team, will likely move on from the veteran after this season. Rapoport reported and then Tweeted, “Just said on @nflnetwork: #Broncos don’t expect to be able to sign RB Knowshon Moreno back for 14. He’s a free agent. Should hit the market.”
Moreno, who turns 27 this offseason, has enjoyed a career season with QB Peyton Manning under center in Denver. He rushed for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career and caught a career high 60 passes for 548 yards, scoring a total of 13 touchdowns.
Likely to draw interest on the free agent market, buyers should beware. He comes with an injury history, playing a complete slate of games for just the second time in his career this season. His game this season was elevated in the high octane Broncos offense with Manning throwing against opposing defenses at will. With defenses having to respect Manning’s arm, he faced a lot of softer defensive fronts.
Possible suitors? The New York Giants or the Miami Dolphins. The Giants running game really struggled this season, having to reach back to the past and sign Brandon Jacobs at one point. The jury is still out on David Wilson. Eli’s brother could give the Giants the lowdown on Moreno. Miami had rushing woes as well in 2013. Rumors have the Dolphins possibly interested in Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount. If Blount re-signs with New England, Moreno could pop up on their radar.
Regardless of the outcome, it appears Moreno will be taking his last handoffs from Peyton Manning in MetLife Stadium this Sunday.