Denver Broncos State of the Roster: Wide Receiver

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It's the third week of Mile High Report's "Be the Broncos GM" series. Today we take a look at the wide receiver position and Denver's State of the Roster. How did Broncos wideouts perform in 2013? Who is under contract in 2014?

2014 Roster: Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Jordan Norwood, Gerell Robinson

2014 Broncos Free Agents: Eric Decker, Bubba Caldwell

Player Pos. Base Salary Signing Bonus Other Bonus Dead Money Cap Figure
Wes Welker
WR 3,000,000 - 3,000,000 2,000,000 8,000,000
Demaryius Thomas WR 3,275,000 1,756,250 - -999,634 4,700,000
Jordan Norwood WR 645,000 - - - 645,000
Gerell Robinson
WR 420,000 - - - 420,000

2014 Wide Receiver Cap Hit: $13.765 million

Projected 2014 Cap Space: $19.4 million.

Starters

Going into next season the Broncos have two returning starters. #1 Demaryius Thomas and slot man Wes Welker. Both were part of a four-headed monster that were responsible for at least 10 receiving TD's apiece in 2014. Demaryius is one of the top WR in the game, a true #1 whom the Broncos will be looking to extend beyond 2015.

Welker is in the final year of a two-year deal. Though he missed some time due to concussions, Wes proved a valuable part of the Broncos offense especially in the red zone where he was featured quite extensively with pick routes and two route combos.

Depth

Beyond them, the depth comes in the form of a couple of practice squad/futures players in Gerell Robinson and Jordan Norwood. With Jacob Tamme still on the roster you have that flex player who can fill in if necessary. Robinson has been rumored to have added some extra weight in order to play the role of H-back.

Outlook

Demaryius Thomas will be extended at some point, but beyond 2014 he will be the only WR still under contract. With Eric Decker likely to land a top deal elsewhere, the Broncos need to address the WR position both through free agency and through the draft. It's too bad 5th round pick Tavarres King did not work out last season as the Broncos depth at this position is razor thin.

We'll be back later today with an in-depth look at free agent wide receivers (including Eric Decker) and 2014 NFL draft prospect wideouts, but it's safe to say, with only two guys signed, the Broncos will need to add bodies here.

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