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Knowshon Moreno not expected to return to Broncos

Super Bowl XLVIII could be Knowshon Moreno's final game wearing Denver Broncos orange.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Wednesday on NFL Network's "Super Bowl Live" that the Broncos don't expect to be able to re-sign the running back for 2014, per a source familiar with the team's thinking.

Moreno is a free agent after the season and should hit the market, according to Rapoport.

Moreno took advantage of the soft fronts that teams employed against quarterback Peyton Manning this season. The running back is coming off a career season, rushing for 1,038 yards on 241 carries and hauling in 60 receptions for 548 yards with 13 total touchdowns. He played 16 games for the first time since his 2009 rookie season.

The Broncos are projected to be slightly under the estimated $126 million cap for 2014, and Moreno could be one of the casualties. Rookie Montee Ball has shown toughness and could take on a bigger role if Denver watches Moreno walk.

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