Although nearly every question Emmanuel Sanders was asked in Monday’s presser was about Trevor Siemian, there was one brief question that had a brief answer that caught my eye over all others. It had do with the Sanders’ contract negotiations with the Denver Broncos.
“That’s still up in the air,” Sanders said of contract negotiations. “We’re still waiting to see if we can find that number between both parties, so we’ll see how that goes.”
The contract talks were put on hold when the Von Miller contract talks heated up nearly two months ago, but talks could always heat back up.
The Broncos figure to be on the verge of clearing some cap space with multiple cuts that could include Mark Sanchez, Britton Colquitt and Ronnie Hillman.
According to OverTheCap.com, the Broncos have just under $6M in cap space. They would more than double that to $12.6M by cutting all three of those guys, which would certainly clear up enough cap space this year for some sort of deal for Sanders.
Sanders should be eyeing a contract similar to Doug Baldwin’s. Baldwin received a four-year, $46 million contract extension from the Seattle Seahawks earlier this year. The deal had $24.25 million in total guarantees.
Baldwin’s deal isn’t too bad on the salary cap side either, but the Broncos are likely hesitant to lock up $10-12 million of their cap space for what they consider a #2 wide receiver.
As it stands, the Broncos do not have anything close to an adequate replacement for Sanders, so if a deal isn’t reached the offensive is likely to suffer an added regression after this season.