Overthecap.com reports the Broncos remaining space at about 7.4 million. News today came that Wesley Woodyard's camp is looking to get a contract extension signed before the start of the regular season. A deal now might be prudent, but if the team is going to resign Woodyard to a contact (because of their preference for front loaded deals with smaller signing bonuses), they might need a little more room to operate with. Woodyard is scheduled to make 3.25 million this year. He will definitely be looking for an extension that will probably pay him between 5-6 million per year.
Two contracts the Broncos could unload to make more room would be those of Chris Kuper and Joe Mays. Mays is the better candidate as his small dead money number of 833K would give the Broncos a cap savings of approximately 3.3 million this year. Kuper's 5.4 million cap number in 2013 also includes a hefty 2.7 million in dead money. If both were to be released before the start of the season, it would give the Broncos an additional 6 million in room. It would also bode well for 2014 saving them about 8.1 million looking ahead.
For Mays, the writing should be on the wall. As it stands there is a four headed monster at the MLB position with Bradley, Mays, Irving, and Johnson trying to prove they can handle the job. For Kuper, though I've always stated the Broncos are better off with him than without, 5.4 million is a hefty price for a backup who has had several serious injuries and setbacks in the last year and a half.
With starters like Decker, Beadles, Woodyard, and J.D. Walton hitting FA in 2014, the Broncos would be wise to save every penny they can. If at all possible, logic would dictate the Broncos getting deals done with Beadles and Woodyard this year before they have another solid performance and drive the price up.
Broncos News and Blogs
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NFL News and Blogs
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