5 Reasons Broncos Were Right to Cut Matt Prater

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Sep 14, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Again, who would you rather have: An unreliable kicker or one of the best tight ends in football right now and a guy who will only get better? 

That salary hit taken by Prater played a huge role in this move. The Broncos want to keep both Demaryius and Julius. That cap number for a kicker would prove to be difficult to make that happen. 

With this move, Denver saves $2.94 million against the cap this year and $3.25 million next year. 

The Broncos don’t have to pay him most of the salary since he wasn’t on the opening-season roster because of the suspension. 

All this move costs Denver is a seventh-round draft pick to the New York Giants.