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The Broncos Are Still Considering 2 Key Free Agents

Denver Broncos helmet on the field.

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: The helmet and gloves of Will Parks #34 of the Denver Broncos (not pictured) rests on the field before the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos brought back a few of their own already this offseason, but there are still a pair of starters from last season that haven't been picked up yet.

Running back Melvin Gordon and defensive back Kareem Jackson both remain in the free agent pool. And Broncos GM George Paton says that the team isn't ruling out a potential return for either player.

“We’ve spoken to both their agents,” Paton said. “It’s ongoing. We’d love to bring everyone back, but we just can’t do it. We’re still talking with those two — really good players.” The Broncos originally picked up Gordon from the AFC West rival Chargers in 2020. The two-time Pro Bowler started in 16 games for Denver last season, rushing for 918 yards and eight touchdowns on 203 carries. But with the emergence of second-round pick Javonte Williams, who was also a 900-yard rusher, he'll likely take hold of the starting job even if Gordon were to return.

Kareem Jackson's spent three seasons with the Broncos, serving as a consistent veteran presence on the backend of Denver's defense.

Both players would be nice to keep in-house if possible, as the Broncos enter the Russell Wilson era.