Denver Broncos cornerback Bryce Callahan had successful surgery on his foot, and the team is optimistic he will get back to normal.
The Denver Broncos won’t get to see any returns on their move to sign free agent cornerback Bryce Callahan, at least not until 2020.
Callahan was working his way back from a foot injury when he arrived in Denver, and will spend the remainder of 2019 working his way back from a procedure to correct something that went wrong in the recovery process.
Head coach Vic Fangio informed the media on Friday that Callahan has already had surgery, it was successful, and the foot already looks better than it did before.
"Vic Fangio on if Callahan had a ‘piece of hardware’ installed in his foot“That’s what they tell me. We’ll see. Again, they think it was a success and already looking better than it was. We’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.”(via Broncos PR)"
Although Callahan’s absence has been incredibly unfortunate for the Broncos, it has paved the way for other players to step up and step into roles. Who knows if the Broncos would have made the trade for Duke Dawson were it not for Callahan’s injury, and Dawson — despite having a penalty in five straight games — has been a fine addition to the secondary.
Davontae Harris has also taken his lumps but has developed into a key player for the Broncos’ secondary as well.
The Broncos were also able to get a look at De’Vante Bausby, who showed he can be a starter in Vic Fangio’s defense when he comes back from injury as well.
The injury to Callahan was a huge bummer for the Broncos because he’s been one of the most effective slot corners in the NFL over the past few years in addition to being a key on-field communicator having experience in Vic Fangio’s defense. With that said, his absence has paved the way for the Broncos to discover what they have behind him on the depth chart and find players who can make an impact going forward.
Callahan also unfortunately missed out on $500,000 in gameday roster bonuses this season and only had a $2.5 million 2019 salary.
His three-year, $21 million deal looks large but in the grand scheme of things, he received only $10 million guaranteed and that deal is a bargain for the Broncos, even if they only get two years from Callahan.
Hopefully he is able to come back better than ever in 2020.