The modified deal is intended to try and keep Kuper on the roster this season.
The new contract will reduce Kuper's 2013 salary from $4.5 million, zero of which was guaranteed, to $1.05 million, all of which is guaranteed. Kuper can also make another $1.7 million in game and playing time bonuses.
Had the Broncos waived/injured Kuper, they would have saved the $4.5 million, but he would have been entitled to a $1.05 million injury protection settlement. Thus, the base salary in his new deal. Kuper's non-guaranteed salaries of $5 million in 2014 and $5.5 million in 2015 remain intact.
Kuper, 30, was a star on the Broncos' offensive line earlier in his career, but since 2011 he has been beset by injuries. Currently on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, Kuper's next step is to rehabilitate and be ready if the Broncos need him to step in in a pinch - or even make a switch over to the center position.
Broncos restructure guard Chris Kuper's contract [Denver Post]
Update 8:58 a.m.
Kuper is practicing in full pads for the first time this offseason today.
#Broncos G Chris Kuper is out at practice and in pads for the first time this year— Denver Broncos (@DenverBroncos) August 13, 2013
Update 9:07 a.m.
Indeed Kuper is working on his game at center.