Sep 14, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos center Manny Ramirez (66) prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Ramirez is a terrible football player and the weak link on that line scrimmage. If he’s in a Broncos uniform, expect much of the same from the Denver offensive line next season. It doesn’t matter who is coaching him or what system he’s in, Ramirez needs to find his way out of Denver.
His current salary cap number is $3.166 million. If Elway and the Broncos were to cut Ramirez, the dead money is only $166,668 with a cap space of $3 million. It makes no sense to pay him that much when the savings is that great. That would put Denver at over $30 million in cap space.
He should have been out last year but somehow found a way to keep a roster spot. Heck, no one is perfect. If Elway and the Broncos could find a way to get Brian Bulaga, they would have the right tackle solidified and could move Louis Vasquez back to right guard, where he’s one of the best (if not the best) in the NFL.
Denver has Ben Garland, Paul Cornick (a restricted free agent it will sign) and Michael Schofield, and all are far superior talents and minds to Ramirez. There’s no point to keep Ramirez, and he should have been ditched yesterday.
After Denver “mutually parts way” with Ramirez, it will free up the cap space to re-sign Orlando Franklin.