Age: 23 (24 in July)
2019 salary cap hit: $720,234
Years under contract: 2
Of all the players in the 2017 NFL Draft class, Jake Butt was one of my favorites.
The former All-American tight end at Michigan suffered an incredibly unfortunate knee injury in his final collegiate game, causing him to miss his rookie season with the Broncos.
He was expected to play a huge role this past season, and he did in the first three games before he suffered yet another season-ending knee injury.
Coming back from yet another knee injury is going to be tough, but the only reason to temper expectations for Butt would be his injury history at this point.
He’s a baller.
Butt, to me, could easily have been a TE1 in the NFL and someone offenses could feature if it weren’t for the knee injuries.
He’s got an opportunity with two years left on his contract in Denver to prove he and Noah Fant can be this team’s duo for the future at the position.
It starts this year.
Butt is an excellent receiver, an underrated athlete, and a guy who can play in-line and split out wide.
Hopefully he can get a full 16 games this year to show what he’s capable of. It wouldn’t surprise me if he and Noah Fant were the team’s top two tight ends by season’s end.