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Horse Tracks - 3/13/10 - Champ collects his bonus


Good Morning Broncos Country!  One week into the new NFL calendar year - which means several players received a nice check in the mail.  For the Broncos, that meant Champ Bailey got a crisp $3 million roster bonus.  He wasn't the only one.  Running back Knowshon Moreno ($3.775 million), linebacker D.J. Williams ($3 million) and receiver Brandon Stokley ($500,000) were other Broncos players whose bonuses were exercised this week.  Mike Klis gave a list of Broncos in the 'Millionaire's Club' and the list was quite shocking to me.  The Top-5 Broncos in terms of 2010 salary - Champ($13.5 mil), Knowson Moreno ($8.44 mil), Justin Bannan ($7 mil), Jamal William ($6 mil), D.J. Williams ($6 mil).  A 2nd year running back, 2 free agent signees and D.J. Williams round out the Top-5 after Champ.  How about the 'lowest' paid millionaires on the Broncos?  Here's the list - Brandon Lloyd($1.26 mil), Tony Scheffler($1.18 mil), Russ Hochstein($1.13 mil), Ryan Clady($1.02 mil), Mario Haggan($1 mil).  Yes, you read that right, Ryan Clady, perhaps the best LT in football, will make $1.02 million this season.  In these economic times it is hard to feel bad for anyone making $1 million, but in the world of the NFL Clady is obviously underpaid.  We haven't heard Clady complain, however, haven't heard any threats of holding out of mini-camp, or OTAs.  It's refreshing to know some people focus on going about their business - knowing that the reward for that effort will come in time.  On to the Tracks!

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