3 players Broncos could cut to create cap space

Denver Broncos - Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos - Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
3 of 4
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 /

Broncos could cut Sam Martin, punter

Cap savings if cut: $2.250 million

Cap savings if cut after June 1: $2.250 million

Sam Martin has been a good punter for the Broncos, but when your punter is making north of $2 million annually, it’s always a spot that a team could look to make a move with. This move would have nothing to do with performance and everything to do with saving money.

So if Martin has been good, why would the Broncos cut him and who would they replace him with?

The answer to the first question is of course the cap savings and if the team could find a punter in the draft, he would be paid pennies compared to what Martin is making. If you haven’t heard of Matt Araiza, now is the time to learn about him.

Nicknamed “Punt God”, Araiza will be coming to the league after a stellar career at San Diego State. There he averaged 51.2 yards per punt for the Aztecs last season. The former soccer player also kicked field goals in his college career and he has what is easily the strongest kicking leg in this draft class. He is also a lefty and if you have ever watched how a team coached by Bill Belichick uses a left-footed punter, it can be a serious weapon.

In the Mile High City, his ability to flip the field could get out of hand.

The Broncos have nine picks in the upcoming draft and could use a late-round flier to select Araiza. If they do and felt comfortable rolling with the rookie, they could cut Martin loose and get $2 million back.