Moreno should be Broncos top free-agent priority

Published: January 31, 2014, 10:08 am, by David Ramsey

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NEW YORK – When looking for the top priority among the Broncos free agents, start with Knowshon Moreno. I realize not everyone agrees with this view. Moreno rushed for 1,038 yards this season on 241 carries along with 60 catches and 13 total touchdowns, but those numbers are inflated in the eyes of many football experts because Moreno plays alongside Peyton Manning, who is one of the great football minds in NFL history.

Many running backs, the logic goes, could collect such numbers while working alongside Manning.

I don’t agree. I believe Moreno is a crucial piece in the Broncos present and future success. He runs with a disciplined fury. He’s a rugged, tenacious and effective pass blocker. He’s a superb receiver out of the backfield. He’s one of the NFL’s top half-dozen running backs.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Wednesday on NFL Network’s “Super Bowl Live” the Broncos are worried they will not be able to sign Moreno.

The Broncos should emphasize keeping Moreno in the fold. They should not let him go without a strenuous fight.