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A Broncos Contract Conundrum - Coming or Going?

Will the next three weeks be the last for Champ Bailey as a Denver Bronco? (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Will the next three weeks be the last for Champ Bailey as a Denver Bronco? (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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With the Head coaching change at Dove Valley to finish the season, it doesn't take "Rocky Mountain Thunder" to realize a massive shake up in the Denver Broncos organization will occur between now and the beginning of the 2011 season. The time for evaluation and preparation for the future makeup of the team is near at hand. So let's take a look at the roster, specifically from a contract standpoint to see which players are "in hand" for 2011 and those who are not. This is the player roster in alphabetical order, with the Injured Reserve players at the bottom as listed at that Broncos website and their status with the club. Ready, jump.

Player Position Signed Thru Details
Kevin Alexander LB Undisclosed  
Robert Ayers LB 2013  
Champ Bailey CB 2010  
Lance Ball RB Undisclosed  
Justin Bannan DL 2014  
Zane Beadles OL 2013  
David Bruton S 2012  
Correll Buckhalter RB 2012  
Ryan Clady OT 2012* Voidable
Chris Clark OL Res/Future  
Ben Coats TE Undisclosed  
Britton Colquitt P 2012** ERFA
Perrish Cox CB 2013  
Stanley Daniels OL Res/Future  
Brian Dawkins S 2013* Voidable
Eric Decker WR 2013  
Ronald Fields DL 2011  
Jabar Gaffney WR 2012  
Andre' Goodman CB 2013  
Daniel Graham TE 2011  
Mario Haggan LB 2011  
Ryan Harris OT 2010  
Renaldo Hill S 2012  
Russ Hochstien OL 2011  
Jason Hunter LB Undisclosed  
Nate Jones CB 2013  
Chris Kuper OG 2015  
Spencer Larsen FB 2011  
Brandon Lloyd WR 2011  
Laurence Maroney RB 2010  
Darcel McBath S 2012  
Ryan McBean DL Res/Future  
Kyle McCarthy S Undisclosed  
Knowshon Moreno RB 2014  
Eric Olsen OL 2012  
Kyle Orton QB 2011  
Lonie Paxton LS 2013  
Matt Prater K 2010 RFA
Brady Quinn QB 2010  
Richard Quinn TE 2012  
Eddie Royal WR 2011  
Tim Tebow QB 2014  
DeMaryius Thomas WR 2014  
Marcus Thomas DL 2010  
Syd'Quan Thompson CB 2013  
Cassius Vaughn CB Res/Future  
David Veikune LB Undisclosed  
Kevin Vickerson DL Undisclosed  
JD Walton C 2013  
DJ Williams LB 2013  
Jamal Williams NT 2012  
Wesley Woodyard LB 2010  
Injured Reserve      
Elvis Dumervil LB 2015  
Dan Gronkowski TE Res/Future  
Joe Mays LB 2011  
LenDale White RB 2012  
Matthew Willis WR 2012


Undisclosed - No details at this time, so for this exercise we will assume they are one-year contracts.
Reserve/Future - Means the player signed as a Free Agent for the current year.
Ryan Clady - 2012 is a Voidable Year.
Brian Dawkins - 2011-2013 are Voidable Years.
Britton Colquitt will be an Exclusive Rights Free Agent.
Matt Prater is a Restricted Free Agent.

So you see, there are decisions to be made over much of the roster. The situations of Champ Bailey, Ryan Harris, Laurence Maroney, Matt Prater, Brady Quinn, Marcus Thomas and Wesley Woodyard will need to be addressed first. There are some players who signed Reserve/Futures contracts that should be kept on the squad also. Cassius Vaughn has earned the consideration for an extension. Dan Gronkowski should get a chance by reason of being on the Injured Reserve, even though there are no guarantees in the NFL. Kevin Vickerson has also earned another contract due to his impact on the Defensive Line.

Strictly from a contractual standpoint, the Wide Receiver position is good for another year, but other than that, change is a coming and some personnel will be going.

Speaking of going,

Go Broncos!