Denver Broncos: 5 players who could surprisingly be cut

Dec 19, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien (4) warms up before game against the Buffalo Bills at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 19, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien (4) warms up before game against the Buffalo Bills at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sam Martin, Denver Broncos
Nov 1, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos punter Sam Martin (6) takes a snap from long snapper Jacob Bobenmoyer (46) in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Sam Martin, P

The Denver Broncos brought in free agent punter Sam Martin last offseason and he was expected to solidify a position that was seemingly constantly in flux and inconsistent.

Martin at least stabilized the punting game for the Broncos, even if blocks (or near blocks) were a serious issue.

Martin was paid pretty handsomely for a punter last offseason, and he’s currently slated to count just under $3 million against the Denver Broncos’ 2021 salary cap. None of that money is guaranteed, however, so the Broncos could let Martin go and save $2.3 million.

Why would they do that when they know they have average or possibly above average punting guaranteed in Martin?

Well, the team brought in Max Duffy, one of the top-rated punters in the 2021 NFL Draft class and a guy who can really boom it.

It would not be surprising in the least if Duffy came in and played well, but it might surprise a lot of people if the Denver Broncos decide after one season to move on from Sam Martin.

There’s obviously a reason that Duffy was brought in and neither Brandon McManus nor Jacob Bobenmoyer is facing any offseason competition. The Broncos want a weapon in the punting game with as strong as their defense has the potential to be, and Duffy could really be a game-changer there as he was for Kentucky.