Good morning, Broncos Country.
John Elway and the Denver Broncos have a lot to do in order to get our beloved franchise back to the playoffs next season. With nearly $40 million dollars to use in free agency, as well as 10 selections in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft — the Broncos have the resources to make some big splashes and significantly improve their roster.
One of the under the radar moves the Broncos will have to consider this offseason is whether or not to pick up cornerback Bradley Roby's fifth-year option. According to Joel Corry, the Broncos have until May 2 to make that decision. Last offseason, the Broncos chose not to keep defensive tackle Sylvester Williams' for his fifth season, and he is set to hit free agency in just a few weeks.
The #Broncos have until May 2 to exercise (pick-up or decline) Bradley Roby’s option, which will cost more than $8M dollars for 2018.— Christopher Hart (@topherhart) February 14, 2017
Though the Broncos have invested significant money in their defensive backfield with big contracts for Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr. and Darian Stewart, they would be wise to keep Roby around for 2018 — a move that would guarantee him over $8 million dollars in salary for the 2018 season.
Roby is considered one of the most underrated cornerbacks in the NFL, and an up and coming star who has the ability to make game-changing plays week in and week out. Despite the occasional lapse in coverage, Roby has been a tremendous player for the Broncos since being drafted in the first round in 2014. He has accumulated 144 tackles, two sacks, defended 31 passes, forced four fumbles and scored a handful of defensive touchdowns.
Truth be told, Roby has probably been one of the most successful draft picks John Elway has made in his tenure as general manager with the Broncos and there is absolutely no reason for the team not to keep him around for a fifth season.
For those worrying about how picking up Roby's fifth-year option may impact the teams' financial situation in 2018, OverTheCap has the Broncos slated to have nearly $50 million dollars in 2018. That is with less than half a team under contract, but two full draft classes, plus any E/RFA's will significantly boost that number higher at a relatively cheap price. Furthermore, that doesn't include any potential cuts or restructures to high-priced players who have failed to perform to their high contracts, nor the outright cutting of players who likely don't have a future with the team.
In my humble opinion, it would be in the Broncos best interest to keep the No Fly Zone in tact for the next several seasons, and that means keeping around a versatile young playmaker like Roby through the 2018 season. He has made a significant impact in his first three years with the team, and I expect him to continue to blossom into one of the league's best corners as the years go on.
As always, thank you for reading and here is today's offering of Horse Tracks.
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