The five most painful losses in free agency for the Denver Broncos

2. Shannon Sharpe, TE, 2000, (Baltimore Ravens)

Shannon Sharpe was a seven-time Pro Bowler with the Broncos, but management had grown tired of some of his antics, and failed to even make him an offer in 2000. The Baltimore Ravens signed him to a four-year contract worth $14 million dollars. Broncos fans were not pleased, as “Big Play Shay” was still a productive player, and a fan favorite.

Adding insult to injury, Sharpe caught a 58-yard touchdown pass against his former team, as the Ravens beat the Broncos in the 2000 AFC Wild Card game. Then, as an added bonus, Broncos fans got to see Sharpe win Super Bowl XXXV as a Raven.

Sharpe would later return to Denver, signing as a free agent in 2002, and he would as a Bronco after the 2003 season. Sharpe was inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 2009, and into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.