Posted Wed Jul 27th by Mr.East
All has been quiet on the free agent front for the Broncos. Many have expected a signing or two on the first day, and possibly even a Kyle Orton trade.
However, outside of the expected release of Correll Buckhalter, the signing undrated free agents like Mario Fannin, Deron Mayo, Jamel Hamler, Adam Weber, and several others, not much has happened in the Mile High city.
With only one returning non-free agent defensive tackle on the roster, many expected Denver to pursue that position heavily. Some of the player’s available at the position are Seattle’s Brandon Mebane, Green Bay’s Cullen Jenkins, and San Fransisco’s Aubrayo Franklin. However, clearing the cap space to sign any of these previously mentioned behemoths will be difficult.
When the lockout ended, the Broncos had $129 million against the cap. The new cap ceiling under the new CBA is $120 million. The release of Buckhalter frees up some cap space, but not much seeing how his $1.92 million contract contained no guaranteed money.
For the Broncos to sign some free agents they will need to get rid of some big contracts, and that is why they’re trying to deal Orton and fast. Orton’s is slated to receive $9 million this season from Denver, so his removal from the cap could go a long way.
With Donovan McNabb looking like he’ll be in Minnesota, Matt Hasselbeck in Tennessee, Tarvaris Jackson in Seattle, and Matt Leinart joining him as well, the landing spots for Orton have narrowed down to Arizona and Miami.
Whoever agrees to a trade with Orton also agrees in taking his contract. This stipulation might mean Arizona could be considered since they did not acquire Kevin Kolb as fast as everyone though they would. Orton’s price-tag may be high, but it is certainly not as expensive as bringing on Kolb as your franchise guy and signing him to a franchise deal.
Expect some moves to made soon as the front office crunches some numbers and make some phone calls.
What do you think Bronco Nation? How will the cap situation unfold? What team will Orton get traded to? Who will be sought in free agency?