Posted Wed Mar 3rd by Mr.East
UPDATE: Elvis Dumervil has been tendered a first and a third round draft pick according to the Broncos official website. This doesn’t mean Dumervil is out the door, but it also doesn’t mean other teams won’t try.
Kyle Orton and Chris Kuper are the first to receive tenders for the Denver Broncos this off-season. It’s fitting that they both received first round tenders from Denver. Tony Scheffler received a second round tender, Mike Klis of the Denver Post is reporting.
The Broncos have tendered three of their six restricted free agents. They slapped first-round tenders on starting quarterback Kyle Orton and right guard Chris Kuper. The Broncos also gave a second-round tender to tight end Tony Scheffler.
According to Adam Schefter and Vic Lombardi via Twitter, Brandon Marshall has also been tendered a first round pick.
Adam_Schefter: Come and get him: Broncos placed the first-round tender on WR Brandon Marshall.
VicLombardi: The Broncos tendered Brandon Marshall. It would take a 1st rd pick for another team to sign him. Ditto for Orton and Kuper.
The fact that Marshall has been tendered only a first indicates that the Broncos are open to letting him go. That or they’re hoping that another team will do all the contract negotiations for them and then match the offer. I still don’t know how the Chicago Bears plan on dealing with this without a first round pick.
The fact that Dumervil was given the highest tender should hopefully spell out his return. Therefore you can (hopefully) expect him to be signed to a long term contract. Breathy easy Denver fans.
Above are the five out of the six restricted agents the Broncos Were able to offer tenders to. The sixth player being defensive linemen LeKevin Smith, was not tendered and will be an unrestricted free agent.
Since this is going to be an uncapped year the unrestricted players are going to make a lot less than they would have during a capped year.
The tenders on Orton and Kuper mean if another team is able to sign them away, it would have to give the Broncos a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Orton is guaranteed a $2.621 million salary as a fifth-year player while Kuper would get $2.521 million as a fourth-round player
As for Scheffler:
The Broncos tender to Scheffler included roughly $600,000 in goodwill. Because Scheffler was drafted in the second round in 2006, the Broncos could have designated him as a “same round” restricted free agent, which would have given him a $1.176 million salary. Instead, the Broncos designated him as a “second round” tender which guarantees him a $1.759 million.
If the old system was still in affect these players would be unrestricted free agents and would be capable of signing much larger contracts than the ones tendered to them.
Who stays and who goes Bronco nation? Air it out!