There is no offseason in the NFL; they just quit playing games for a few months. While the Super Bowl is still to be played in 10 days, the 30 other teams are already onto next season. That includes the Denver Broncos, who will be looking to be one of the two teams still playing at this time next season. To do that, they have to improve in some areas and that takes money. The Broncos are in good shape when it comes to the salary cap, but they will seek to create more room before free agency begins in March.
The most likely salary cap casualties both come from the linebacker position, with the biggest name being DJ Williams. As everyone knows by now, Williams missed most of the season due the suspensions for various violations of the NFL’s conduct and drug policies. It was widely thought that the Broncos would miss Williams, but Wesley Woodyard stepped in and had an outstanding season.
Williams is scheduled to make six million dollars in 2013, and the Broncos are probably going to ask him to restructure in an effort to save some cap room, but also because Williams is no longer a starter. Williams is unlikely to agree to any kind of a pay cut which will ultimately lead to his outright release.
Former starting middle linebacker, Joe Mays is also likely to be asked to restructure his deal. Mays is more likely to agree to it than Williams, but there is no guarantee. The Broncos like both Williams and Mays but putting together an NFL team within the confines of the salary cap is like a puzzle, and both of those players do not fit into that puzzle at their current salaries.
The Broncos know their window with Peyton Manning is a short one and winning right now is the priority; creating as much salary cap room as possible allows the Broncos to be aggressive, if they choose to be, when free agency begins in March.
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