Broncos hoping against hope to get something for Joe Mays

NFLN's Daniel Jeremiah says the Broncos are shopping Joe Mays and his $4M salary ($500K guaranteed), and good luck with that.

Whenever Mays is cut, as we've suggested would happen for many months now, the Broncos will save $3.5M in cash, $3,333,333 in cap space, and be left with $833,334 in dead money, according to Spotrac.

Johns Elway and Fox have made clear countless times now that Nate Irving, Steven Johnson, and Stewart Bradley will be competing for the starting Mike job, with Mays's name a conspicuous omission.

It's been plainly obvious for a long time now that Mays was not in the team's plans; so why would news of him being shopped be coming out only now?

Well, he was on IR, so presumably the Broncos didn't want to have to give him an injury settlement on top of the $500K they already owe him (oops).

13 months ago, Mays was ready to head out of town and visit the Saints, but the Broncos pulled him off his flight and signed him to a three-year deal worth $12M, including $4.5M in guarantees (OOPS).

He would start the first three games for Denver in 2012, but was fined for a hit on Falcons QB Matt Ryan and suspended for one game following a vicious hit on Houston QB Matt Schaub.

Lackluster play, especially relative to pass coverage and adjustment calls, resulted in Keith Brooking supplanting Mays in the starting lineup for good.

A broken leg suffered Week 8 against New Orleans ended Mays's season, and that game figures to be his last with the Broncos.

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