Safety David Bruton Jr., one of several Denver Broncos defenders set to become a free agent, wishes the NFL was more like the NBA.

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AURORA, Colo. — Safety David Bruton Jr., one of several Denver Broncos defenders set to become a free agent, wishes the NFL was more like the NBA.

“Teams such as Golden State, they get to keep everybody and try to set records, and I feel if we had the cap space we could do it,” Bruton said Wednesday.

The defense that brought home Denver’s third Lombardi Trophy with a 24-10 destruction of the Carolina Panthers could find itself unraveling in a few weeks.

Von Miller, the MVP of Super Bowl 50, is certain to get the franchise tag if the sides don’t first agree to a deal somewhere in the $115 million range that would make the star pass-rusher the highest-paid defender in the NFL.

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Miller said he expects negotiations to be “peaceful.” The Broncos do, too.

Several other key members of the league’s best defense stand to get big bucks either from the Broncos or teams trying to unseat the champs.

They include leading tackler Danny Trevathan and defensive end Malik Jackson, both of whom had huge Super Bowl performances. And Bruton, a team captain and eighth-year pro coming off his best season although it ended with him on injured reserve with a broken right leg.

Notes

• Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison said whether his body cooperates during a six-week training cycle in March and April will determine if he can come back for his 14th and probably final season.

• Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, one of the most dominant players in NFL history who left the game at the prime of his career, will be honored with a statue outside FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns.

• Kicker Kyle Brindza, whom the New York Jets signed earlier this month, tore his right Achilles tendon last week and is probably done for the year.

• The Carolina Panthers signed long snapper J.J. Jansen to a five-year contract extension.

• The New England Patriots released defensive back Leonard Johnson.