Brandon Marshall, LB
2018 cap hit: $9,000,000
2018 dead money: $4,000,000 ($5,000,000 cap savings)
The Broncos have gotten some really good years out of linebacker Brandon Marshall.
Since he emerged in the 2013 season after getting shuffled up and down the Jaguars’ active roster and practice squad, he helped the Broncos establish one of the best defenses certainly in franchise history and possibly in league history.
But over the past couple of seasons, Marshall has not been the same type of impact player at linebacker the Broncos need.
I have to think Vic Fangio and the new staff are intrigued by his potential within Fangio’s defense, but there are significant financial implications here.
The Broncos may not rush to cut Marshall this offseason, but instead might approach him about a contract re-structure which he has openly stated he’s amenable to.
The Broncos could add $5 million to their 2019 cap if they release Marshall, but would also eat $4 million. If they can re-structure him, they could add almost $3 million to this year’s cap and keep him around.
It wouldn’t shock me to see the Broncos release Marshall but they could also work out a re-structured deal to free up space and keep Marshall in a defense that could be really good for him.