Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos Five Biggest Bargain Players in 2014

The Denver Broncos have been dishing out some big contracts in recent years, but that doesn’t mean the roster is void of bargain players. Let’s take a look at five players on the Broncos’ roster who are probably worth more than they are getting paid.

All five of these players COMBINED will make less than $10 million in 2014. Not bad, Elway. Not bad at all.


Danny Trevathan

Linebacker, 3rd season

After picking up 33 tackles in his rookie season, Trevathan exploded last season. He led the team with 128 tackles, picked up a pair of sacks, and all in all forced seven turnovers. After being drafted in the sixth round in 2012, Trevathan is scheduled to make a base salary of $570,000 this year and under $700,000 next season. For what he produced in his 2nd NFL season, it’s clear that this is one of the biggest bargains on the Broncos’ roster.

Demaryius Thomas

Wide Receiver, 5th season

Demaryius Thomas a bargain? You bet your bottom dollar, but not for long. Thomas is playing out the final year of his rookie contract, a deal that should be followed up by a substantial pay raise after two seasons of dominant football. Thomas racked up 186 catches for 2,864 yards and 24 touchdowns over the last two seasons, including a whopping 14 TD grabs a year ago. All of this while being paid under $4 million. Take that, Larry Fitzgerald. The best part? Thomas’ base salary for 2014 is $3.275 million.

Julius Thomas

Tight End, 4th season

Julius Thomas emerged as one of the best pass catching tight ends in the NFL last season, catching 65 passes for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns. His base salary for the 2014 season? $645,000. The Broncos won’t get much more bargain football out of Thomas, but for now, he’s one of the best values on the team. He’s playing out the final year of his rookie contract and with his breakout year in 2013, if he plays well again in 2014 he could be handsomely rewarded with a new deal.

Terrance Knighton

Defensive Tackle, 6th season

Knighton emerged in 2013 as one of the best defensive tackles in football, and that was after signing a contract with the Broncos and latching back on with former Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio. The familiarity proved to be a positive connection for both Knighton and the Broncos. Knighton is set to make $1.5 million this season and is a major bargain for Denver no matter what way you spin it. He’s expected to be one of the leaders on defense as well as a force in the middle. He had three sacks last season as well as one of the biggest plays in the playoffs for the Broncos with a sack of Tom Brady.

Von Miller

Linebacker, 4th season

Another player who won’t be a bargain much longer, Von Miller is one of the best sack artists in the NFL when healthy, and he expects to be just that for the start of the season. While his salary is given a substantial boost with the fifth year team option going into effect in 2015, Miller remains one of the Broncos’ best bargains, making roughly $3.24 million this season. Not bad for a guy who – despite missing much of 2013 – has 35 sacks in three NFL seasons.
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