Denver Broncos should extend Brandon Marshall this year
Earlier this off-season,Stephen Hill Jersey Malik Jackson infamously claimed that the Denver Broncos could have easily re-signed himself and Danny Trevathan if they had approached them the previous season with a deal.
While I vehemently disagree with Malik's take, a more sound argument could be made for catching some of next year's free agent crop early before their prices rise even higher. The problem with this year's free agent class was that at this time last year, all of them had major question marks.
Malik Jackson was a career rotational player (albeit a very good one) and had never played more than 50% of the defensive snaps in a year. He was also transitioning to a new scheme.Jacoby Brissett Jersey Now, most people projected he would shine in a full time role, but no one knew for sure how he would handle a full load and additional run support responsibilities. He needed at least a year to prove himself before warranting a long-term deal, and he got it.
Danny Trevathan had a brand new knee cap and had missed most of the previous season. I remember a lot of question marks surrounding the health of our ILB core at the beginning of last year.Thomas Rawls Jersey No GM in their right mind would have handed out an early contract to Trevathan at that point.
Then we have Brent (Brock? Brad?) Osweiler. Not an NFL start to his name.
Contrast that with next year's class of free agents: Brandon Marshall, Emmanuel Sanders,DeAngelo Williams Jersey and Darian Stewart. I know we have others for 2017, but these are the 3 most important in my book so I just focused on them. Each of these three had an outstanding season and are in the prime of their careers with almost zero question marks. Last year's class was the Riddler compared to these guys (get it!? because the Riddler has a lot of question marks on his costume).
Now,Adam Jones Jersey before we start, let's take a quick peek at our cap situation and set some parameters.
According to Over The Cap, Denver has around $8.2 million in cap space currently. That does not factor in Ronnie Hillman's new deal which is around $2 million. That puts us at just enough to sign our draft class which OTC projects at around $6.Cardinals Store4 million. That leaves us essentially at our limit from a cap perspective. For this exercise, I am going to cut Colquitt as he is the 4th highest paid punter in the league at a $4 million cap hit, which is wayyy too much for any punter, let alone a league average (or below) punter. This move nets us $3.Denver Broncos Store25 in cap space. So, I will set a $3 million cap limit for any new contract extension.
Since we only have a $3 million limit we can realistically only extend one of the 3 key free agents I have identified above. Over the next few days, I will be making a case for keeping each player, as well as potential contract parameters.Chris Harris Jr Jersey Today we will look at...
Now, I am not a cap wizard so I will rely on others to correct me or offer better solutions, but the interesting thing to me about this contract is the 2017 cap hit. The Bears have also structured this deal to where the majority of the dead money is gone after the first 2 years,Alfred Morris Jersey which is also when his price per year begins to rise. So the team could theoretically get out from the contract after the first 2 years with minimal damage.
Currently, Brandon would make $2.5m on his RFA tender; which is only $1m off from Trevathan's lowest year of his contract. Depending on how Elway wanted to structure the deal, we could up Marshall's cap number by $2-3m (remember we have a budget of $3m) with a final cap hit of $5ish million this year with an extension,Janoris Jenkins Jersey and then have the higher hits come later. Actually, at $6.1m APY, his later years of the deal wouldn't raise that much anyway.
The argument against this move would be that Elway typically hasn't valued the ILB position in the past in terms of money allocated or draft picks spent. However, there was rumors that Elway tried to trade up for ILB, C.J. Mosley in the 2014 draft. Plus, the cupboard is pretty bare behind Marshall in terms of proven talent at the position and we are already thrusting a newbie into the ILB role this year.