5 Logical Cuts That Could Create Cap Space for Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos are going to find ways to create more salary-cap space this offseason.Doug Baldwin Jersey General manager John Elway isn’t afraid to make tough calls when it comes to coaching or personnel. He’s constructed a Super Bowl champion after only five years on the job, and now Elway will turn his attention toward free agency and the draft.James Harrison Jersey
According to Spotrac.com, the Broncos have $144.AJ McCarron Jersey8 million in money dedicated to players currently under contract. Rand Getlin, from NFL Network,Chandler Jones Jersey reports that the salary cap is expected to jump to at least $155 million this year. That’s nearly $12 million more than last year's cap of $143.28 million.DeMarcus Ware Jersey That means the Broncos could have around $12 million in cap space to work with.
In NFL money, $12 million won’t get you a lot.Jason Witten Jersey Yes, the team could free up around $20 million if (when?) Peyton Manning retires,Rashad Jennings Jersey but as of right now, they don’t have a ton of space. Even with an extra $20 million,Randall Cobb Jersey that $32 million estimated cap space would only put them near the middle of the pack in the NFL when it comes to salary-cap room.
Simply put, the Broncos are going to have to trim some salaries in order to keep their own key free agents.Kawann Short Jersey
There are high-paid players on this team who could find themselves playing elsewhere in 2016. There are also some players who might be asked to restructure in order to reduce their salary-cap number this season.
Who are five logical cuts who could create more space for the Broncos?Chris Hogan Jersey Let’s find out.
The Broncos offensive line had a rough season in 2015. Things got off to a bad start for the unit when left tackle Ryan Clady was knocked out for the season with an ACL injury he suffered in minicamp. The loss of Clady caused a domino effect that was felt across the entire offensive line.
If healthy, Clady makes for a near-perfect fit in the zone-blocking system. Arguably, there aren't 32 quality starting left tackles in the league, but Clady could at least be in the top 20 if the Broncos keep him around in 2016.