Broncos' Orlando Franklin wants to return

ENGLEWOOD — Orlando Franklin's time in Denver might have ended with Sunday's playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts. But the guard hopes it didn't.
Franklin, one of the Broncos' 12 players headed for free agency, made it clear Monday that he wants to return.

"I don't know anything else. I'm a Bronco," he said. "I'd love to be a Bronco for the rest of my life."

Emotions were high as Denver players cleaned out their lockers and answered myriad questions about the uneasy feeling left in the wake of Sunday's loss. But Franklin, who was been with the Broncos since they drafted him in 2011, seemed to feel the sting more, especially in regard to the possibility that Peyton Manning might not be back.

"I played with three quarterbacks since I've been in this league. I'll take Peyton Manning any day of the week," Franklin said. "He's a phenomenal quarterback. Yes, we're all going to make mistakes. It's football. No one is going to be 100 percent perfect each and every play. But nine times out of 10, he's going to put you in the best situation and the best position to win games."

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