Denver released veteran running back Willis McGahee on Thursday, as the team continues to go younger (and cheaper) at the position.
The 31-year-old back had been due a $2.5M salary this season and would have counted for $3M against the cap. According to Spotrac, McGahee's release will leave $500K in dead money on the books for each of the 2013 and 2014 seasons, while freeing up $2.5M in cap space in 2013 and $2M in 2014.
McGahee had not attended the team's voluntary OTAs, instead choosing to work out in Miami, before this week claiming "family obligations" were the cause.
Willis McGahee was back at Dove Valley on Tuesday, as expected, although he cited "family obligations" as the cause for his having missed all of Denver's (non-mandatory) OTAs.
Like they had during his absence, second-year back Ronnie Hillman and 2013 second-rounder Montee Ball received the bulk of the day's reps, with the veteran only seeing the field for what he called "a couple" of snaps.
Still, McGahee says he expects to be the starter come Week 1, even while acknowledging his place "on the bubble."
Just a few hours ago, it was reported that the Broncos had not discussed a long-term deal with Ryan Clady since last July. According to Lindsay Jones, the team was waiting for their All-Pro left tackle's surgically repaired right shoulder to show progress in rehab before restarting contract talks.
It may be they've received positive reports to that effect, as Ian Rapoport reports that Denver contacted Clady's representatives today to discuss the parameters of a new contract. The Broncos applied their franchise tag to the 26-year-old BSU alum in March; the tender is worth $9.828M for one year, but Clady has not yet signed it. He said earlier today that he's likely to join the team for training camp; in February, Clady said he'd like to be paid similarly to fellow tackles Joe Thomas and Jason Peters.
Denver's mandatory minicamp runs from Tuesday through Thursday. It's expected that Willis McGahee, who was absent for OTAs, will be in attendance, but that Ryan Clady will not.
Clady has still not signed his $9.828M one-year franchise tender, and as such, is not contractually required to attend.
Asked Monday on 102.3 ESPN Denver about whether he'll be at training camp next month, the sixth-year tackle said, "More than likely I'll be there."
Happy Thursday, friends. As you could probably tell yesterday, I’m pretty fired up about the Broncos' signing of DB Quentin Jammer. I think it portends to be the acquisition that fills the team's last major hole, which was a defender who can cover a good TE man-to-man.
I could still go for a Dan Koppen-type as a backup interior lineman, but at this point, I’m just getting into luxury items.
Jammer has played corner for the last eleven years, and it’s funny: “Chargers fans” never really liked him that much, because he was a high first-round pick, and he never made enough big plays for their liking. He was their own Robert Ayers - a pretty good football player who was overdrafted by a round. To stupid fans who can’t let sunk costs go, and only focus on that which is relevant today, (i.e. what the player brings to the table every Sunday), that is very saddening.
Couldn't beat them in the late aughts, so sign them in 2013? It may be something of a stretch to call it a trend, but with the addition of Quentin Jammer on Wednesday, the Broncos continue to acquire players from teams they've struggled against in recent years.
Wes Welker (New England) and Terrance Knighton (Jacksonville) were each with squads that have mostly owned Denver of late, while Louis Vasquez, Shaun Phillips, and Jammer were all part of a Chargers team which dominated the Broncos from 2006 into 2011. Last November, Jacob Hester had also made the transition from Whale's Vagina to the Sunshine State.
Provided they all make the final 53, all of those players will have a chance to beat their old teams as Broncos in 2013.
The Denver Broncos have signed DB Quentin Jammer, formerly of the San Diego Chargers. While he's pretty exclusively played CB in his career, he seems to have slowed down a bit, and he struggled to turn and run with the faster outside receivers in the NFL.
Mike Florio (who knows nothing about the technical aspects of football) speculated that this might mean Champ Bailey is moving to safety. Well, that's silly, because Bailey runs a lot better than Jammer does, and always has. What this more likely means is that your boy TB finally got a matchup safety.
Doug is indisposed right now, watching the Mets beat up on those trifling-ass Yankees, but I'm sure he'll be along later to update this article with all kinds of newsy stuff. As for me, I'll be writing some deeper analytical thoughts on it later this evening, and sharing them tomorrow.
Charles Woodson may be the matchup safety Denver needs, but he won't be joining them in 2013. Woodson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Raiders that includes a $700K signing bonus, base value of $1.8M, and a maximum of $4.3M.
Originally selected by Oakland fourth overall in the 1998 Draft, Woodson spent his first eight years in silver and black before heading up to the frozen tundra for seven seasons. Green Bay released the 2009 DPOY in February to avoid what would have been $9.4M in compensation for 2013.
Only a few hours ago, we noted the signing bonus given Lerentee McCray by the Broncos, and what it meant.
What it doesn't mean, is that he's good enough for the NFL; the Broncos will presumably figure that out over the next few weeks and/or months.
As an example of how little regard teams can have for undrafted players, consider the case of former Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet.
As they had done with the contract for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the Broncos have pushed some current cap dollars out into the future with their recent restructuring of Peyton Manning's deal.
Instead, Shutdown Corner reports that Manning received a $10M advance ($5M from each of his $20M salaries in 2013 and 2014) that will be treated as a signing bonus and be prorated over the 2013-16 seasons, $2.5M per year.
The net result is a cap savings of $2.5M in 2013 and 2014, and an additional $2.5M cap hit for each of the 2015 and 2016 seasons.