Young stars Ball and Anderson could be given chance to step up.
The Denver Broncos are reportedly considering the possibility of allowing running back Knowshon Moreno to leave in free agency, according to ESPN.
With Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson tipped for bright futures, the organisation believe that they could be in a position to allow Moreno to depart despite his impressive season last year.
The 26-year-old gave the team more than 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving in 2013, and he also contributed 13 touchdowns rushing and receiving combined in a season which the Broncos made it through to the Super Bowl.
However, it appears as though he will not get a sixth season to improve on those numbers in Denver, as the Broncos appear willing to allow the first-round draft pick in 2009 to leave as a free agent with second-year backs Ball and Anderson seemingly ready to step up.
Ronnie Hillman is also expected to get a chance to re-establish himself as a change-of-pace backup, but the Broncos are also reportedly looking to sign a free agent who can push their young duo along in their development.
Nevertheless, it is understood that Ball is seen as the direct replacement for Moreno, with the second round draft pick in 2013 expected to move up after he registered 559 yards on 4.7 yards per carry as a rookie.
“I really think so,” Ball said in the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. “If it’s an unfortunate situation for him that he’s not here next year, I’ll most definitely be able to carry that role.”
Anderson is equally as excited about the opportunity that has been presented to him this season, as Broncos general manager John Elway has previously insisted that the running game is an area that they must improve in, in order to lessen then burden on quarterback Peyton Manning’s shoulders.
Despite his previous knee injuries being of concern, Moreno will turn just 27 in July, and despite a report that the Broncos will look at him again later in free agency with more favourable terms from their perspective, it is likely he will receive a better offer elsewhere.