4. Danny Trevathan surprisingly re-signs
I think the one player that most people have pretty much written off as ‘gone’ is former sixth round pick Danny Trevathan. I think he means more to this team that most people think. The Broncos will have to pay $6 or $7 million per season for his services, but if they have to let Malik Jackson walk, then they will have plenty of cap space with which to work when you consider Peyton Manning’s $20 million coming off the books, other cuts being made, and possible re-structures that could be done.
Trevathan has made some humongous plays for the Broncos over the last three or four years, including a crucial fumble recovery in the Super Bowl.
You know, just casual fumble recoveries…in the Super Bowl.
Trevathan has had some injury issues in his career, which could allow the Broncos to get him at a lower annual rate with some guaranteed money up front that lowers the cap hit, possibly in a signing bonus.
The Broncos are one of the best teams in the NFL at manipulating the salary cap, and I think they find a way to keep Trevathan around.
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