Very little credit is given to Elway in terms of the business side of his regime. Everyone knows he is the best recruiter and deal closer. If Elway wants someone badly enough, chances are, he will every time. However, I kept wondering how the Broncos managed to always have a decent amount of salary cap money, even when paying PFM 20mil a season. The way Elway and the front office structure contracts is absolutely magnificent. Everyone was so worried about the future and about all the money we wont have moving forward. Truth is, we will just fine in the future. Not only will we free up 20million when Mannings hangs them up, but the "guaranteed" money we just gave out, isn't so guaranteed. 11.25 million of the Talib contract is actually guaranteed. The rest of it is injury protected and the broncos could release him at anytime for an "injury" and not be obliged to pay him. I read this on ESPN today:
"He can pick up an extra $500K in per-game roster bonuses each of the first three years. The remaining guarantees in '15 and '16 are only injury-based, so they can cut him before the start of those league years and not pay him anything else. His cap numbers are $7,906,250 in 2014, $7 million in 2015, $10 million in 2016, $12 million in 2017 and ’18 and $8 million in 2019."
If for any reason Elway and the broncos feel they want to fee up cash, whether Talib's performance is to blame, or because we decide to rebuild post Manning we can. Not only will we have a lot of salary cap freed up from Manning, but the cap is only going to go up each year. Recruiting is a HUGE plus, but what make Elway such a great GM is the fact that he understands the business side better than anyone else as well. It's not a coincidence that it always seems that we have money to spend.